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Let’s move on from Lance Armstrong: Manchester-based Olympian Sir Chris Hoy eager to promote clean cycling

By Oliver Rhodes

It is time to turn the wheels forward in the aftermath of Lance Armstrong’s doping admission, according to Manchester-based Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy.

Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs in each of his Tour de France wins from 1999-2005 during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Hoy admitted the recent widespread criticism towards cycling was exasperating, but he is determined to push the sport into a positive light once more.

“I’ve been inundated with questions online and at the London Bike Show today about Armstrong’s interview,” Hoy wrote on Twitter.

“My opinions of him and the damage he has done to cycling haven’t changed in the last 24hrs, however I believe we need to look to the future and move on.

“It’s hugely frustrating to have to defend your sport because of the greed and deception of a small minority.

“My teammates and I will keep doing what we have always done: compete clean and try to win gold medals to show the next generation that it is possible.”

The disgraced cyclist’s admission has been criticised for being nothing more than a publicity stunt, and dragging the sport’s name through mud.

British Cycling talisman Hoy earned two gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics to become the most successful British Olympian of all time in terms of gold medals.

Fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins completed the feat of the first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012, and consistently vows that he did so while clean.

Picture courtesy of Wills Newman, with thanks

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