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Weighing Lance Armstrong's Legacy After Admission

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Greensboro, NC -- Weighing Lance Armstrong's legacy became more complex with his admission to Oprah Winfrey that he doped while winning seven Tour de France titles.

Once among the most-revered athletes in the world, Armstrong can be called a champion, a cheater, a cancer survivor and a liar. Both anger and adulation are due, given the overwhelming amount of money and awareness he's raised for the fight against cancer.

"I think it's important to look closely at those people that we hold up as examples of the best that man can do," said Dale Brown, who runs Greensboro's Cycles De Oro. "And Lance is a perplexing thing."

On one hand, Brown says, Armstrong is a brilliant athlete who has changed the lives of countless people fighting cancer.

"The hope he's given them," Brown said, "they'll never be able to take that away."

On the other hand, however, is that Armstrong's transgressions go farther than just doping.

"The problem with Lance is that not only did he do drugs to succeed and to win, but he also damaged other people in the process," Brown said. "He sued people, he threatened people, he upset the sport way before this revelation came out."

Brown estimates that Armstrong will get less forgiveness from cyclists than the public at large. And for him, the deceit does more damage than good.

"I'm pretty strongly on the side of having a set of rules that were given to us a long time ago," he said in referencing the 10 Commandments. "[But] it's a sad, sad tragedy, to be truthful."

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