Lance Armstrong hits the roads of Aspen, Colorado, on his bike with a friend and a pro, but he doesn't want to name him in case his teammates don't like it

Aspen, Colorado, is a bit of a haven for American cyclists, what with its mountainous surroundings and its laid back way of life and one of its more notorious residents, Lance Armstrong, is regularly found out on the roads.

Sometimes the Texan native is joined on his rides by professional riders – most notably Tejay van Garderen, who accepted Armstrong’s offer of motorpacing him in November when the BMC rider’s regular pacer was out of town.

But not all of them seem to want people to know that they’re out with Armstrong, who has become public enemy number one since admitting he used performance enhancing drugs to win all seven of his Tour de France titles.

Armstrong was joined on a 65 mile pootle by his buddy Teddy Shriver on Monday (August 10) and an unnamed pro, who Armstrong refused to name because it would ‘draw the ire of his teammates’ for riding with him.

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Chances are it’s not van Garderen again, who said he had no issues with working with Armstrong as they both live in Aspen, even though their motorpacing session was a one-off.

“I’ve not really done any motorpacing with Lance since [November],” he told reporters ahead of the Tour de France. “Not because of any worries about what people might think, but he has kids who go to school in Texas, so most of the year he’s in Austin.

“We happen to run into each other every now and again if we’re both in Aspen, but it’s rare.”

  • lee

    The perforkance was hardly breaking the performance record of rides…lol more like an amble.

  • David Roberts

    Did I say anything to contradict your tirade mate ? Armstrong turned doping into an art form and destroyed people’s lives and careers in the process. Read my lips, not interested. And also not a
    interested in the comments of an Islamophobe. Crawl back into the American hole you came from.

  • David Roberts

    Why do you continue to publish things of no interest about this stain upon cycling, it doesn’t interest cyclists like me and makes me want to unsubscribe and cease to buy the magazine. PLEASE, just ignore him.

  • SeanMcCuen

    does anybody care who rides with Lance? means nothing to me.

  • disqus_qfmoqahZ77

    Greatest ever? Merckx, Coppi, Hinault? I imagine Lemond would say say something similar.

  • Dirk

    Who cares. The majority of the sport knows who the greatest cyclist ever is, as do most of the past winners outside of Lemonde. If your a student of the sport and understand the culture as it is and was, as a pro why wouldn’t you want to ride with Lance? Actually Lance is a class act. It is known that he regularly tells supporters to not admit they associate so as not to tarnish their image.

  • poisonjunction

    No Phil, THIS is sarcasm! . . . . . . a drug addict liar with a love of cycling . . . . . he ONLY loves himself.

  • Phil

    On first name terms with them, are you? And what has Lemond got to do with it?

  • skatermom

    Oh yeah, such a class act…. NOT!

  • Scott Gee

    It was sarcasm, Jonathan…

  • Scott Gee

    Um, that’s in the article…

  • LaszloZoltan

    unlike greg, lance has always shown a love of cycling- and there ain’t nothing wrong with that

  • Tom Knoblauch

    Tornado sirens are going off. Winds are calm. Thunder is crackling. Lance rides again.

  • RS

    Oooh a big scary chase. How dramatic. The rider concerned must be quaking in his boots.

  • Richard Hughes

    The only other pro I know that lives in Aspen is T J VG…….he married local girl Jesica Philips. Plus Armstrong has motor paced him in the past!

  • J1

    Surely locals would’ve spotted the pro if he was riding next to Armstrong. Not that any of it matters….at all.

  • Jonathan Seyghal

    So, he rides with someone who doesn’t want anyone to know (though they should know better) and Armstrong decides to tell the world of this fact; the chase to unveil said cyclist begins.
    He’s a class act Armstrong.