Whatever its impact on the broader public, the first of Lance Armstrong’s two nights of televised confession appeared to have little positive effect on the cycling and antidoping communities.

Several members of both groups faulted the former cyclist for the vagueness of his confession, particularly around sensitive matters, and its lack of apology, particularly toward people he attacked for telling the truth in the past. Many characterized Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey as being more self-serving that revelatory.