Published January 21, 2013
A Latino cycling legend who had his own doping scandal is speaking out on the Lance Armstrong revelation.
Alberto Contador, a two-time winner of the Tour de France who was stripped of a third title for using a banned substance, says cycling needs to take something positive from the Lance Armstrong scandal.
Contador spoke to reporters on Sunday on the eve of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.
The Spaniard said Armstrong's admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles was "hard on the image of cycling," but he said he wanted to "find the good in it."
Contador won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009 but was stripped of his 2010 title for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.
"I know they've spoken a lot about the interview, but what he said surprised nobody in the least," Contador said.
Armstrong acknowledged in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used banned substances in winning his seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong was stripped of the titles and has been banned for life from cycling and from competing in athletic events sanctioned by WADA or the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Eleven former Armstrong teammates, including several who previously tested positive for PEDs, testified about the USPS team's doping scheme in exchange for more lenient punishments. Armstrong said in the first part of the interview that he knew his "fate was sealed" when his most trusted lieutenant, George Hincapie, who was alongside him for all seven Tour wins between 1999-2005, was forced to give Armstrong up to anti-doping authorities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.