San Antonio cyclists weigh in on Armstrong confession

Cycling-related business up in Alamo City

Author: Ursula Pari, Anchor, upari@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 15 2013 05:46:25 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 15 2013 03:30:05 PM CST
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SAN ANTONIO -

As editors prepare for the airing of Oprah’s explosive interview with Lance Armstrong, the bike mechanics at Bike Heaven on Northwest Military don’t miss a beat.

Business has been good, according to the owner, amid the rumors, the ban, and the impending broadcast of the confession.

Matt Hamlin, who has competed against Armstrong in local cycling competitions, says of the impact on business, “He hasn't been a really active part of the sport for the past couple years and we've still seen a good resurgence and continuation of people and their health and cycling is a great way to stay healthy and get exercise, so I'm hoping that will continue.”

As for the confession itself, Hamlin says he hopes that Armstrong finds redemption.

He says even his own father had asked about the rumors, to which he said, “If the Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl 40-0 for seven years in a row, would he think they were better than the entire NFL, or something was amiss?”

It is no longer any mystery as to whether something was amiss now. But there is plenty of speculation locally as to what will happen next.

Lawsuits are being prepared, but there’s also suspicion surfacing that Armstrong’s confession simply stems from his desire to lessen the extent of his lifelong ban from cycling so that he can re-enter pro sports in Ironman competition or other related disciplines.

The interview will air over two nights on Oprah’s OWN network at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights.

She promises a no-holds-barred, riveting interview that doesn't involve conditions or payments.

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