Posted: Jan 21, 2013 10:38 PM by Jacqui Heinrich, email@example.com
Updated: Jan 28, 2013 1:57 PM
As cycling enthusiasts around the world sit stunned by Lance Armstrong's fall from glory, locals are reacting to his admission that he did cheat to win those seven Tour de France titles. Among them, Michael Creed of Colorado Springs; Creed rode on Lance's team in 2003 and 2004.
"The right place for Mr. armstrong to come forward and be truly contritional is an appropriate authority like USADA," David Howman, Director of the World Anti-Doping Agency told NBC. As the legal fallout from Lance Armstrong's doping admission heats up, authorities are calling for a confession outside a talk show sit-down, but former teammates and other members of the pro cycling community just want to move on.
"I don't think it's important to talk about Armstrong. I think for your newspapers it's nice... this is part of the story of cycling of course but this is the past," Philippe Gilbert, a BMC Team Rider said at a press conference.
Armstrong's former teammate, Michael Creed, agrees; he's a 22 time national champion and Colorado Springs native News 5 met when he rode in the Pro Cycling Challenge this past summer. Creed says the admission doesn't come as a huge shock to fellow riders; between 1996 and 2003, doping was prominent within the sport "It's like you're finally getting mad that your parents admitted there's no Easter bunny," Creed told News 5's Jacqui Heinrich in a phone interview from his training location outside Los Angeles. "I feel for Lance in a way. He was just doing what everybody else did, he was really just the most successful at it," he said.
Fellow riders say though Armstrong cheated, he won at a time when everybody was doing it; the playing field was level then as it is now that doping tests are harder to beat. Cyclists say focusing too much on the past problem of doping is a distraction in the 'now'. "The last thing you can think about is that this guy has an unfair advantage over you," Creed said.
Creed says the best way to move forward from the stain of Armstrong's lies is to ride on past it. "I hope people know now that the tests are better and that the culture has changed. The cycling community as a whole has to let go of their right to be angry, we have to move forward."
Whether Armstrong will have to pay out former sponsors or people he sued for defamation is yet to be answered.