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Lance Armstrong’s Confession Draws Mixed Reactions

LONDON (January 18, 2013)--The vice president of the International Olympic Committee was among those weighing in Friday on Lance Armstrong's televised interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the disgraced Texas cycling champion admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win seven Tour de France titles.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Thomas Bach said Armstrong's doping confession is "too little, too late" and fails to provide any new information that will help clean up the sport he tarnished through years of cheating.

A day after stripping Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the IOC urged Armstrong to supply details to anti-doping authorities in order to "bring an end to this dark episode."

The International Cycling Union said Armstrong's confession of doping is "an important step" toward repairing the damage he did to cycling.

UCI President Pat McQuaid said for Armstrong to confront his past, in the interview with the talk-show host, moves cycling "forward on the long road" to restoring confidence in the sport.

McQuaid said the UCI would welcome Armstrong participating in a proposed "truth and reconciliation process" for cycling.

McQuaid said Armstrong "confirmed there was no collusion or conspiracy between the UCI and Lance Armstrong."

Armstrong reportedly paid the UCI $125,000, which former teammates testified was in exchange for covering up suspicious drug tests.

Armstrong's former teammate, Tyler Hamilton, called the cyclist's confession a "big first step" but said Armstrong must follow it up by telling authorities everything he knows about the doping programs he used to win his Tour de France titles.

Hamilton's testimony was key to the case against Armstrong.

He described the doping program on Armstrong's team and the power Armstrong wielded in pressuring teammates to go along with the doping.

About 12 hours after watching Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey, Hamilton told The Associated Press, "He's broken. He's broken," and insisted he'd never seen Armstrong act the way he acted in the interview.

Hamilton rode with Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service team from 1998 to 2001.


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