Notorious Cyclist Lance Armstrong Once Attempted to Qualify for an Insane World Championship and Failed Very Publicly

Published 12/01/2022, 3:25 PM EST

Lance Armstrong is infamous in the world of sports for his antics. After his very public defamation for using performance-enhancement drugs, he was stripped of all his titles. However, in 2014 Lance came back to cycling, but this time in Flo Beet Mile World Championship. Things didn’t go well for the seven times Tour de France winner as he could never finish. 

 

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Lance Armstrong fell short of finishing something he started

Lance decided to take part in a new sporting challenge. This time, he attempted to qualify for the finals for the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championship that was scheduled to be held the next month. The race was set to happen in the athlete’s hometown, Austin, Texas.

 

The Beer Mile is a unique competition where participants are required to chug a beer at the start of each lap. The 51-year-old misjudged his own capabilities when he decided to take part in the competition. He stated, “That was not what I expected,” as he retired from the race a while after opening his second beer.

Lance did not know where to draw the line

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One of the biggest scandals in sports history emerged when Armstrong acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs in all seven of his Tour de France contests. Following this, Paul Kimmage discussed his account of the events in a recent two-part podcast in which he discussed the fallout from Armstrong’s confession.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 14: Lance Armstrong of the USA talk to the media during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on January 14, 2010 in Adelaide, Australia. Armstrong is in Adelaide to compete in the Tour Down Under which begins next week and will see the debut of his new team Team RadioShack. (Photo by James Knowler/Getty Images)

Kimmage referred to Armstrong as a “cancer” in the cycling community. The fact that Kimmage was born into a family of professional cyclists added to the impact of his scathing remarks. Recently, the journalist described in his podcast how he chased Lance Armstrong and assisted in his downfall.

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The reporter reached out to Armstrong years later, requesting an interview. Which, the former cyclist did not take well. Additionally, he lashed out on Twitter by publicly calling him a clown and asking him to ‘move on.’

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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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