Cyclist Reacts to Armstrong's Confession

By: Laura Berry Email
By: Laura Berry Email

This week, seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance enhancing drugs. Some of those who competed against Armstrong, trained right here in Lincoln.

Cyclist Hajo Drees was based in Lincoln, when he met Armstrong at a race in Austin, Texas. "It was amazing racing against him. The first time he got my tail lights, the second time he made sure I got to see his tail lights," said Drees who says he admires Armstrong for overcoming cancer and winning the Tour De France titles, but he wishes Armstrong would have said something about his doping sooner.

Drees adds that he's concerned about the negative impact Armstrong's admission will have on they cycling community, and questions how Armstrong could have passed test after test while doping. "Seven years in a row, there was no positive. There's got to be something wrong with the control system," he added.

Drees says no matter what comes out of the doping scandal, he expects Armstrong to make an athletic comeback, even if it's in a sport other than cycling.


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