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Locals react to Lance Armstrong doping confession

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For years, famed cyclist Lance Armstrong denied using performance-enhancing drugs while he won Tour de France after Tour de France.

Now, he's taking it all back.

This week, Oprah Winfrey spoke with Armstrong in a one-on-one interview where he reportedly admitted to doping. The news of Armstrong's indiscretions and promise-breaking are being digested by cycling fans across Mid-Michigan.

Faith Allmain-Gay is an employee at Ray's Bike Shop in Midland. She's an avid cyclist and questions Armstrong's motives.

"I think there was just too much evidence against him and he finally had to come clean. I do wish he would have come clean on his own a lot sooner," said Allmain-Gay.

Some believe the seven-time Tour de France winner is confessing now because he wants to redeem himself and his career. But Allmain-Gay, now a former Armstrong fan, isn't interested.

"I don't even care. At this point what he does on a big stage, he's lost my interest," Allmain-Gay said.

In 1997, Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer. The following year he was declared cancer free and soon after founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The foundation has raised millions of dollars for cancer research and support. Some say that foundation the one positive thing that's come from all of this.

"It's just awesome. Regardless of what's happened outside of that, it's just priceless for people in general," commented Vincent Cirilo of Bicycle Village in Kochville Township.

Cirilo has been following Armstrong's career for years and says he's not surprised by the recent admission.

"At that level it's really tough. With that much money involved, guys are going to try and get every edge possible,"  Cirilo said. He's hoping the confession will lead to a new chapter in Armstrong's life and career.

"Things heal. I'm sure he's going to continue to do great things. I'll be looking for good things coming from him," said Cirilo.

Still, others are hoping Lance Armstrong will use the admission to go out on a morally high note.

"He's 40, 41 -- move on. Learn from it, move on, make good decisions from here on out and we all will do the same," said Allmain-Gay.

Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to air Thursday on the OWN Network.

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