Encinitas, Calif.—Allegations of doping by Lance Armstrong are not surprising, according to several San Diego cyclists.
In a 60 minutes interview Sunday, former teammate Tyler Hamilton said he witnesses Armstrong injecting E.P.O, a red blood cell stimulant on multiple occasions.
Armstrong maintains his innocence and said he has never tested positive in a drug test following a race.
San Diego physical therapist, semi-pro rider and cycling coach Brian Wilson said EPO is a popular performance enhancing drug among elite riders.
"If Lance doped, everyone has doped in the field," said Wilson. "Yes, you would like to think that training alone could get him up those steep hills and difficult terrain, but at some point you can't fault him if they had to use something to help him recover from a day of cycling and to keep them on their edge on their game."
Cyclists at Nytro bike shop in Encinitas said they aren't surprised Armstrong is at the center of more doping allegations and they said they wouldn't be surprised if he eventually admitted it.
"I think the entire Peloton is on something honestly," said Joe Morgan. "And if that's the case, then Lance is still best. I'm still a Lance fan."
"This their job. If you want to be a great cyclist, if you want to make millions of dollars, if you want to be the next Lance Armstrong, what are you going to do?" said Karl Kappenman, 20-year cyclist. "It's disheartening, but not surprising."
Few cyclists think if Armstrong is found to have taken performance enhancing drugs, enthusiasm for the sport will change.
"I'll keep watching, I love this sport," said Kapperman.
"I don't feel like there will be a major loss of cyclists, but I do feel though that it's going to be a stinger for a lot of people who have him as a hero," said Wilson.
Jeremiah O'Keefe, an avid cyclists and triathlete, believes Armstrong has used drugs but doubts he'll ever admit it.
"The burden is on the world to prove him wrong," he said.
"I think people did get off the couch and they saw Lance and saw what he went through with cancer. They went and bought a bike and they got in shape and now they feel like their idol let them down."
FOX-5 tried to contact Armstrong's attorney for more comment, he did not return our calls.