Armstrong fans react to doping allegations | News
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Lance Armstrong has denied doping allegations for years, but reportedly confessed to using performance enhancing drugs during an interview with Oprah Winfrey Monday.
Winfrey told CBS This Morning that she was surprised by how the disgraced 7 time Tour de France winner confessed.
"For myself, my team, all of us in the room we were mesmerized and riveted by some of the answers," said Winfrey.
For fans that defended Armstrong through out the years, the interview comes as a huge blow. Jason Neal followed the cyclist's entire career and was there when he won his sixth Tour de France title in 2004.
"It's weird because you defended him. We as fans have defended him for years," said Neal.
Neal owns several items of memorabilia, and even named his son after the icon.
"We picked up cycling as a sport and then Lance Armstrong started coming along and we named our son Lance," said Neal.
Armstrong has been stripped of all 7 of his Tour de France titles, and has been banned for life from the sport he made famous. The cyclist separated himself last October from the Livestrong foundation that he became a part of after surviving testicular cancer. Neal, whos best friend died from cancer, hopes that the man he has looked up to for several years will still be remembered for surviving something that kills so many.
"He beat cancer. He came back from the depths of hell and came back to the top of his sport," said Neal.
Whether Armstrong was using performance enhancing drugs or not when he reached the top will be revealed tonight during his interview with Winfrey. That interview will run in a two part world wide exclusive starting Thursday night at 9PM on the Oprah Winfrey Network.