How Lance Armstrong's confession affects Valley cyclists

FRESNO, Calif.

Cycle enthusiasts in the Central Valley are hopeful Armstrong's interview with Oprah won't impact the popularity of their sport.

Former Police Sargent Dennis Ball said he doesn't think it has a negative impact on cycling at all. Ball is the current head of the Fresno Cycling Club.

"Whether he doped or not he has raised the level of the sports to such a high level of exposure," Ball said.

Fresno cyclist Kirk Bailey said in the normal every day or the local end; it probably won't impact the sport.

Bailey has been cycling most of his life and has spent the last three decades as both a Tour De France mechanic and local bike shop owner.

"You're going to see a lot more sponsors checking into the background and into the team," Bailey said. "It's team integrity and training regimen."

An investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency revealed overwhelming evidence against Armstrong and banned him from cycling for life in October of last year.

"Hopefully with this revelation it'll clean up the sport," Ball said.

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