TWO veteran cyclists in Launceston say the admission by disgraced former US champion rider Lance Armstrong of drug use had badly hurt the sport.
Gary Woodfall, of Legana, said the scandal had damaged the sport but it should recover in four to five years.
He said the story of doping was about more than Armstrong, and many questions remained unanswered.
He said the sport had already improved, with doping being a much smaller problem now than in the 1990s.
Fellow rider and Northern Veterans Cycling Club member Julian Clayton, of Newnham, said Armstrong had broken the rules and should suffer the consequences.
He said he was disappointed but the sport was big enough to rebuild its image.
The pair said drug testing was much tougher now and it was harder than ever for riders to cheat, but all sports had people who broke the rules to gain an unfair advantage.
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