Lance Armstrong’s brief Twitter exultation at surpassing Vice President Mike Pence while the two were riding bicycles in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Saturday was soon buried in scorn as critics ripped Armstrong for his past.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after a doping scandal.
“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,” he tweeted.
Alyssa Farah, a spokeswoman for the vice president, issued a tweet in reply from her personal account. “Couldn’t quite hang onto those Tour de France titles, but hey, at least you beat Karen & Mike Pence on a leisurely bike ride! Congrats?”
Armstrong’s boast also caught the attention of Donald Trump Jr.
“Wow dude you’re a real bad ass … did you need to use steroids this time too or was that just to cheat others out of wins throughout your career?” the president’s son tweeted.
Others on Twitter joined in.
Yay for you Mr. Bike Path warrior. Mike Pence just blew past you on every road in character.
— Pastor Greg Locke (@pastorlocke) August 11, 2019
Sooo… the guy who cheated to win all his championships now thinks it’s winning to ride a bike faster than a 60 year old who wasn’t even trying to race him… got it.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 10, 2019
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) August 11, 2019
Finally a race you didn’t need to dope for to win.
— Saladino for Congress (@JoeySalads) August 11, 2019
— Gary L Bauer (@GaryLBauer) August 12, 2019
Armstrong later suggested it was his critics who were off base.
“Some people can’t take a joke or even having a little fun on twitter. Lightin’ the f— up people. But seriously, I did blow his doors off!!” he tweeted.
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