Lance Armstrong Brags About Beating Mike Pence in a Bike Race

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Posted: Aug 11, 2019 3:45 PM
Lance Armstrong Brags About Beating Mike Pence in a Bike Race

Source: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP

Professional, yet disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong had been pretty quiet since that whole doping scandal in 2012. But he was eager to brag about beating Vice President Mike Pence in a recent bike race in Nantucket. He shared his win on Twitter.

Instead of congratulations, Twitter users gave him ridicule.

Armstrong later clarified that it was all a joke, and charmingly told his naysayers to "lightin' the f*** up."

Armstrong, who also beat cancer and founded the LiveStrong Foundation, won the Tour de France an historic seven times. But, in 2012, facing an impending deadline from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to admit to having both taken and distributed performance-enhancing drugs (you can see the full list here), Armstrong decided to avoid arbitration and accept the punishment. So, the USADA promptly stripped him of his titles and banned him from the sport for life. He later fessed up to Oprah Winfrey about the whole thing in a defensive interview that did him little favors with his already lost fans.

In May, Armstrong said he "wouldn't change a thing" about how the scandal unfolded. He admits his actions were a "mistake," but it was one he's glad he's made.

"Primarily, I wouldn’t change the lessons that I’ve learned," he said. "I don’t learn all the lessons if I don’t act that way."