PORTLAND - The Lance Armstrong confession is big talk in the cycling world.
“There's a lot of buzz,” said Molly Cameron, a professional racer who loves the sport and watched the Armstrong era closely. “So it was a really dirty era in cycling which is unfortunate."
Which is why the rider is not surprised by the Armstrong confession.
“He was never a hero to me ... I never bought into it and it’s not that I’m a jaded cycling fan or that I knew the whole time, because really nobody could know,” Cameron said.
But the racer certainly suspected Armstrong was dirty. For so long, it was hard to tell. Armstrong denied doping for more than a decade, deceiving corporate giants like Nike and so many others.
Millions wanted to believe he'd beaten cancer and won seven tours fairly.
“That's a great story right? It’s the American Dream, overcoming obstacles,” said Elliot Waksman. He coaches athletes in the greater Portland area on their psychology and focus.
He said superstars like Armstrong can be blinded by their own ambition.
“They're not satisfied. They want to be the top dog. So they're motivated to be the best in a separate, elite category. So with my individual athletes in my office, I talk about horse blinders. And they just see the top,” Waksman said.
On the streets of Portland, we found a mix of feelings about the tarnished star.
"Lance Armstrong, I support him,” said one bike rider. "Sucks what they did to him -- he deserves all he got."
“I'm not surprised," said another.
“Disappointed,” said a third. "But I always thought about it you know? I mean, what can you do? The American Dream. Everyone has to live it so they try to take these performance enhancing drugs to make themselves better,” he said.