Armstrong's Damien Hirst bike fetches half million

Lance Armstrong butterfly bike, Tour de France 2009, stage 21

Lance Armstrong's Damien Hirst-designed 'butterfly bike' fetched a cool $500,000 during an auction at Sothebys in New York on Sunday in aid of the rider's LiveStrong cancer charity.

The one-off creation by British artist Hirst was ridden by Armstrong during the final stage of this year's Tour de France. It's selling price makes it the most expensive bike in the world.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.