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Armstrong's doping admission has impact in the Triangle

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Lance Armstrong's admission to doping has caught the attention of the nation, including cyclists and those involved in cancer-related organizations in the Triangle.

At cycling stores such as Flythe Cyclery in Raleigh, posters of him still on the walls and his name on a handful of products, though owner Skip Flythe said new versions of those remaining products do not include Armstrong's endorsement.

Armstrong's star has faded in recent years since he stopped competing, and even more so since doping allegations have become louder. Flythe said for a long time people in the cycling community did not want to believe that Armstrong had cheated. Now, he said they're focused on new cyclists and his name is not mentioned much by customers.

Armstrong is left with a mixed legacy.

"He's done so much for cancer. So, look at all the good he's done. Some people would argue with you on that. But, he knows he's done wrong. He's done wrong. Let's move on," Flythe said.

Some YMCA locations around the country and in the Triangle have Livestrong programs.

It's a 12-week program in which cancer survivors come in twice a week and work out, have self reflection and connect with other survivors.

Anthony Hall, healthy lifestyles director at the Alexander Family YMCA in Raleigh, said Armstrong's admission does not impact the program.

"There's very few of our cancer survivors who come in who will even equate Livestrong with the cyclist Lance Armstrong. They see it as a cancer support, philanthropy work that's been done on a higher level and what they see is an organization like Livestrong that's helping folks get through their cancer journey and then helping them get to remission and then helping them in remission as well. So, they see it almost as a support to them, not as Lance Armstrong the cyclist," he said.

"Livestrong is not about Lance Armstrong. Livestrong is about the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with cancer, who are going through their cancer journey and the folks that are in remission at this point. For us, it's never been about Lance Armstrong. It's about the foundation that he just happened to start."

The program was originally funded at YMCAs through Livestrong, but is now funded by donations at the individual YMCAs.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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