“He Wouldn’t Stop Pestering Her”: Cyclist Lance Armstrong Alleged to Have Indulged in Questionable Behavior at a Wedding Reception

Published 10/07/2022, 9:35 AM EDT

Lance Armstrong is perhaps one of the most infamous athletes in cycling history. In recent news, he was accused of crashing a wedding. The retired athlete was dining and drinking with friends at the Hotel Illa d’Or in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca.

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In the company of Sir Bradley Wiggins, the American appeared to be dining at a wedding.

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Inappropriate wedding shenanigans

According to sources, Armstrong was attempting to film women. An onlooker claims that “He became a bit much and even started to film some of the female guests on his phone. They clearly looked uncomfortable.”

In addition, he stated that Armstrong was attempting to engage one particular guest in particular, who was married, and kept dismissing him. “But he wouldn’t stop pestering her and he asked her to go outside with him for a chat,” he said.

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Things started to escalate when one of his friends attempted to hit on the bride’s mother. Guests believe, “it could easily have turned into a fight.” They claimed that Wiggins was not involved, and the situation was diffused.

Lance Armstrong’s dark past

This is not the first time Armstrong has been involved in questionable situations. After winning the 1999 Tour de France, the cyclist was accused of doping. He denied the allegations for many years. 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 06: Lance Armstrong looks on during “Ride With Lance” at Al Qudra Cycling Track on October 06, 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Finally, Armstrong was identified as the head of “the most sophisticated, professionalized, and effective doping operation that sport has ever seen” in 2012 after a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation found that he had used performance-enhancing chemicals throughout his career. Armstrong settled a civil lawsuit with the US Department of Justice in April 2018 and agreed to pay the US government $5 million.

 

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The events of the wedding row took place a few weeks after Lance Armstrong got married to his long-term girlfriend. He tied the knot where else, but France.

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In a discussion with BBC News in 2015, he attempts to shed some light on his life after the end of his cycling career. When asked if he would ever do it again, he said, “I’d probably cheat again.” Rightly so, after a few weeks after his second marriage, the retired athlete pays an ode to that statement.

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Anirban Roy

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Anirban Roy is working as a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. Anirban has a Master's degree in Spatial Data Science from Jadavpur University. He has worn many hats, including being a database admin and a scientific researcher.

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