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Local cyclist reacts to Lance Armstrong doping confession

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Seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong has admitted that he cheated to win.

Greg Masters, a cycling enthusiast and a major fan of the Tour de France, said he is not surprised to hear that Armstrong has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.

"The drugs in cycling between 1995 and 2005, it was pervasive. Everybody was doing it, and evidentially Lance was too," said Masters.

Masters is the leader of the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club.

It's one of the largest clubs in metro Atlanta and has been around for 25 years.

"Does this tarnish all the other things he has done outside of racing?" asked Bernard Watson, a CBS Atlanta News reporter.

"It does, especially to non-cyclists. Everybody wanted him to be clean. I guess a lot of people thought he was," said Masters.

Despite sworn testimony from former foes and teammates, for years Armstrong has denied accusations that he used performance enhancing drugs.

He even testified under oath that he was and is clean. Many people believe Armstrong's denials let people down and hurt his supporters, not to mention his sport.

"If a kid comes along and sees people are doping and he doesn't want to dope in the sport, then it's not the sport for him and that is not fair at all. He should be allowed to compete in a sport without doing drugs," said Masters.

Masters said he doesn't think people should trash the man who did so much for so many people.

"I can't think of any other athlete who has done anything like he's done with Livestrong, so that should continue and that should be a good legacy," Masters said.

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