Mixed reaction after Armstrong confesses to doping


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News


Posted on January 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM

AUSTIN -- Lance Armstrong helped make America interested in cycling, but after more than a decade of denying that he used performance enhancing drugs, the seven-time Tour de France winner has finally come clean.

Armstrong’s confession came during a 2 ½ hour taped interview with Oprah Winfrey in downtown Austin on Monday.

Oprah told CBS News that the world's most famous cyclist was forthcoming.

“The answers that people around the world have been waiting to hear were answered and I can only say I was satisfied by the answers,” said Oprah.

Hours before he sat down with Oprah, Armstrong apologized to the staff of his Livestrong charity that raises money for cancer survivors.

Armstrong stepped down from the board back in October.

"If all this controversy impacts his hard work, it's a real shame,” said Austin resident Preston Tyree.

Tyree has been part of the Austin cycling community for two decades. He believes Armstrong still deserves respect, but not everyone feels that way..

In fact, there's talk of renaming the six-mile "Lance Armstrong" Bikeway that runs through the heart of Austin.

"I think it would do justice to have the name taken off,” said Austin resident Volma Overton. “This sport is really tainted with drug usage and it's becoming a joke.

The Justice Department is now reportedly considering joining a lawsuit against Armstrong to recover more than $30 million in damages, but Armstrong and others could be found liable for three times that amount.

Oprah says her interview with Armstrong was so riveting that she has expanded it to air as a two-night event. The special will on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network on Thursday, January 17, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. CST and Friday, January 18, at 8 p.m. CST.