(Image Source: Wikimedia)

BY DAN KENNEDY
 
ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE
 
 
He denied it for years, but seven-time Tour De France winning cyclist Lance Armstrong is finally admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs. It’s a revelation that isn’t exactly surprising the media.
 
“People just fell in love with the legend. They like that story rather than the reality. And most reasonable people think this is an announcement like saying the ocean is deep.”

ESPN’s Mike Greenberg says in a world of reality, the odds were always high that cycling’s most dominant athlete was cheating.

“The reality is anyone who is paying attention and living on this planet is also not finding this out for the first time now. As Dan Wetzel writes, ‘excluding the most devout Lance believers, this isn’t exactly a revelation’ and it isn’t.”


The 41-year-old cancer survivor reportedly admitted to doping in a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey.
 
She tweeted Monday,
“Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 ½ hours. He came READY!” Winfrey confirmed Armstrong’s confession Tuesday on CBS This Morning.


“I am so over this Lance Armstrong interview and its still two days away... The second he says I screwed up, I doped, my mistake, I’m gonna try to be better about it, then we can start to forgive him.”

But British cyclist Nicole Cooke says not so fast, telling the BBC, “When Lance cries on Oprah... and she passes him the tissue, spare a thought for all those genuine people who walked away with no rewards -- just shattered dreams. Each one of them is worth a thousand Lances.”

One guest on Bloomberg says the interview may give Lance the chance to salvage his name and his brand.

“The number of folks who have gone down in flames in a very serious and public way and yet then have a second and a third comeback once they do these confessionals in longer than my arm.”

While the interview may win over some viewers, his confession may come with some financial implications.

The New York Times reports he’s in talks to repay a portion of the more than $30 million the United States Postal Service spent sponsoring his cycling team.

Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from competition for life.
The 90 minute interview airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network Thursday evening.

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Lance Armstrong Confession: So What?

(Image Source: Wikimedia)

BY DAN KENNEDY
 
ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE
 
 
He denied it for years, but seven-time Tour De France winning cyclist Lance Armstrong is finally admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs. It’s a revelation that isn’t exactly surprising the media.
 
“People just fell in love with the legend. They like that story rather than the reality. And most reasonable people think this is an announcement like saying the ocean is deep.”

ESPN’s Mike Greenberg says in a world of reality, the odds were always high that cycling’s most dominant athlete was cheating.

“The reality is anyone who is paying attention and living on this planet is also not finding this out for the first time now. As Dan Wetzel writes, ‘excluding the most devout Lance believers, this isn’t exactly a revelation’ and it isn’t.”


The 41-year-old cancer survivor reportedly admitted to doping in a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey.
 
She tweeted Monday,
“Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 ½ hours. He came READY!” Winfrey confirmed Armstrong’s confession Tuesday on CBS This Morning.


“I am so over this Lance Armstrong interview and its still two days away... The second he says I screwed up, I doped, my mistake, I’m gonna try to be better about it, then we can start to forgive him.”

But British cyclist Nicole Cooke says not so fast, telling the BBC, “When Lance cries on Oprah... and she passes him the tissue, spare a thought for all those genuine people who walked away with no rewards -- just shattered dreams. Each one of them is worth a thousand Lances.”

One guest on Bloomberg says the interview may give Lance the chance to salvage his name and his brand.

“The number of folks who have gone down in flames in a very serious and public way and yet then have a second and a third comeback once they do these confessionals in longer than my arm.”

While the interview may win over some viewers, his confession may come with some financial implications.

The New York Times reports he’s in talks to repay a portion of the more than $30 million the United States Postal Service spent sponsoring his cycling team.

Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from competition for life.
The 90 minute interview airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network Thursday evening.
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