Sir Chris Hoy has said Lance Armstrong is "one man" and that the "huge majority of cyclists out there are clean", according to BBC sports reporter Richard Conway.
"You've got to remember that it's one man, that's one part of the sport, it's not the whole sport", Sir Chris is quoted as telling the BBC.
"The huge majority of cyclists are clean...we're showing that you can win gold medals and can be clean", he added.
Lance Armstrong cannot expect to be redeemed after his brief TV confession. Names must be named.
Tyler Hamilton, a former team-mate of Lance Armstrong who implicated him in the doping scandal, has told ITV News, "I'm proud of him".
The self-flagellation makes for gripping television but it does not really amount to much in the long run.