Bernard Hinault Says Cycling Will Recover After Armstrong Confession

Alpe De Huez With Hinault and Lemond

Alpe De Huez With Hinault and Lemond

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 25, 2013 – French cycling great Bernard
Hinault insisted Friday the sport will recover from the Lance Armstrong doping
controversy.

Hinault, who won the Tour de France five times in the period from 1978 to
1985, was speaking at the UCI season-opening Tour Down Under in Adelaide.

“Lance Armstrong isn’t the first (rider) to have hurt cycling,” he said
through a translator. “You have to fight against this (problem).”

Armstrong last week admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he
used performance-enhancing drugs during his record run of seven Tour de France
wins.

Hinault also asked why there was so much focus on cycling when other sports
had problems with doping as well.

“We talk a lot about cycling, but why not about other sports?” Hinault
asked. “The day that all sports are treated the same way, we wouldn’t be the
black sheep.

“There are troubles in every sport, but it’s always cycling that comes up,”
he added.

Hinault, who still rides about 200 kilometres (124 miles) every week, said
it was up to other international federations to make sure their sports were
clean.

“The international (federations) should be doing their job the same way in
controlling it — the same way in every sport.”

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