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Local cyclers react to Armstrong's anticipated admission


SHERMAN -- Charlie Jenkins opened his own bike shop in Sherman two weeks ago, but says his love for cycling has lasted decades.

Despite doping allegations that have plagued Lance Armstrong's career since the early 2000's, Jenkins is still a fan and says he's been following the fallout since it began.

"Since day 1," he said. "We keep up with it to see what's happening. It's big in the sport,"

All along, Armstrong has denied doping allegations.

But in an interview with Oprah recorded in his Austin home, Armstrong is expected to make some sort of admission to using performance-enhancing drugs.

But what how far will he go? Will he make a full confession or maintain, as he has in the past, that he is the victim?

Armstrong appears to be in a race to save his public image.

Late last year, he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and was banned from competing in cycling for life.

Nike and Anheuser-Busch severed endorsement ties, too.
The 41-year old is also reportedly in talks with the US Postal Service to repay millions of dollars in sponsorship money.

But not everyone has lost faith.

"He's an incredible athlete," Jenkins said. "He always has been. Whether he was clean or not, that's a different story. He's still an incredible athlete and he's done a lot for the sport."