Lance Armstrong can’t catch a break. Now the seven-time Tour de France winner is fighting allegations that he illegally pumped gas into a plastic container that was sitting on the tailgate of his truck, rather than on the ground as mandated by federal law.
“I saw him pump the gas into his red container while still on the back of his truck,” former USA Team Cycling teammate Mark “Donna” Reed said. “I saw him pump it more than one time like we all did, like I did many, many times.”
Reed had been interviewed by “60 Minutes,” which aired part of that interview earlier this week during their “Bye-bye Katie, we hardly knew ye” celebration week of partying to mark the departure of Katie “Albatross” Couric from “The CBS Evening News.”
Armstrong’s attorney fired back, releasing a statement saying, “Mark Reed is a confessed liar in search of a book deal –and he managed to dupe 60 Minutes, the ‘CBS Evening News,’ and new anchor Scott Pelley, who I must say, has already breathed new life into the newscast. He’s fun, entertaining and professional. Good job, CBS! Most people, though, will see Reed’s allegation for exactly what it is: Another washed-up cyclist talking trash for cash.”
Reed, who had previously denied illegally pumping gas, said that he and other teammates pumped gas without properly setting down their gas containers because they were in a hurry to go back and train. “We were just always in a hurry. Just go, go, go. I know that doesn’t make it right, but when you live and die by the clock like we did, those extra few seconds at the gas pump can mess with your mind.”
Armstrong tweeted about this newest allegation last night, saying, “Never seen any gasstation (sic) video showing me pumping gas illegally. NEVER! Need I say more? I rest my case. LiveStrong! (sic)”