Lance Armstrong brutally mocked for bragging about blowing by Mike Pence on bike … so he doubles down

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Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong got dragged on Twitter after bragging that he had left Vice President Mike Pence in the dust on the bike path. (screenshots)

Disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong got viciously mocked online for boasting that he had passed Vice President Mike Pence on a bike path in Massachusetts this weekend.

Pence was in Nantucket to attend a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Both Armstrong, 47, and Pence, 60, rode their bikes over the weekend.

“I can’t drop many people on a bike these days but I just blew the f***in’ doors off Mike Pence on a Nantucket bike path. Day. Made,” Armstrong bragged on Twitter.

Armstrong was immediately attacked by throngs of angry Twitter users, many of whom said it was pathetic that the retired professional athlete was so gleeful about beating a recreational cyclist.

Keep in mind also that Pence probably wasn’t even trying to go fast, and was merely cycling for exercise or fun.

Mike Pence’s spokeswoman tweeted, “Couldn’t quite hang onto those Tour de France titles, but hey, at least you beat Karen and Mike Pence on a leisurely bike ride! Congrats?”

One Twitter user reacted to Armstrong’s tweet by saying, “He’s 13 years older than you and was never a professional cyclist.”

Another chimed in, “He doesn’t juice, either.”

Trump supporter Tony Shaffer retorted, “Good to see you are doping again!”

In response to the barrage of Twitter replies mocking him Armstrong followed-up by doubling down on his initial boast. He also insisted he was joking.

“Some people can’t take a joke or even having a little fun on Twitter. Light[en] the f**k up people. But seriously, I did blow his doors off!!” he tweeted.

Lance Armstrong has been thoroughly humbled since his spectacular fall from grace following his high-profile doping scandal. In 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Lance of his seven Tour de France titles, which he won from 1999 to 2005.

Because all 21 of the top finishers during Armstrong’s win streak were tied to doping, there is no official winner for the years Lance won the Tour de France.

“During the 7-year window when Armstrong won every Tour de France, 87% of the top-10 finishers (61 of 70) were confirmed dopers or suspected of doping,” Business Insider reported.

In 2012, Lance was forced to step down from Livestrong, the cancer foundation he founded in 1997 after surviving testicular cancer. During Armstrong’s 15-year reign as the chairman of Livestrong, the charity raised more than $500 million for cancer research.

In January 2013, Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey in a stunning TV interview that he had doped during much of his career. Lance revealed that he had started taking performance-enhancing drugs in the mid-1990s and had used testosterone, EPO and blood transfusions.

Armstrong explained that all the top cyclists during his era had doped (which was true), and that he had to do it in order to level the playing field. Lance was a gifted athlete who won his first triathlon at age 13.

Whether you like or hate Armstrong, there’s no denying that he put professional cycling and the Tour de France on the map. Armstrong has been torched for repeatedly denying over the years that he had doped.

Some say it’s unfair to single him out when all the cyclists Armstrong competed against had also doped, and in many instances, were caught. He was merely better at circumventing the rules than his peers.

During the time that Armstrong competed, there was a lot of anti-American sentiment on the pro-cycling circuit. So it’s no surprise that most of cycling wallowed in schadenfreude when Armstrong was brought down several pegs.

That said, Armstrong needs to stop bragging about beating senior citizens on the bike (even as a joke). It’s not a good look.

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Samantha Chang

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Samantha Chang is a senior staff writer for BizPac Review. Based in New York City, she is a law school graduate and a financial editor.
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