Magazine says Armstrong had run-in with accuser in Aspen
June 14, 2011
ASPEN – Lance Armstrong and the cyclist who recently accused the seven-time Tour de France winner of using performance-enhancing drugs reportedly exchanged words outside of an Aspen restaurant last Friday night, according to a story posted on Outside magazine’s website.
The online report by Outside contributor Abe Streep, circulated Monday by news organizations such as MSNBC and USA Today, says that Hamilton and Armstrong may have gotten into it outside of the bathroom at Cache Cache. Hamilton was spending the weekend in Aspen leading bike rides for Outside in Aspen, the magazine’s annual summit. Armstrong owns a home in the area.
The restaurant’s owner, Jodi Larner, could not be reached for comment Monday.
Hamilton was eating at the restaurant and left his table to go to bathroom, Streep’s story states. As he was walking out of the bathroom, Armstrong’s arm blocked his path.
“He wanted to get into it,” the magazine quotes Hamilton as saying. “I was like, ‘Let’s step outside and talk away from the crowd, but he wouldn’t. He said, ‘No one cares.'”
According to Hamilton, Armstrong began to berate him.
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Armstrong’s version of the incident was more tame, the magazine reports: “I said, ‘Hey, what’s up?'” he says. “It was certainly awkward for both of us. It was truly uneventful.”
The story goes on to say that Larner – a friend of Armstrong’s – told Hamilton he could finish his dinner, but that he wasn’t welcome back at Cache Cache.
Hamilton recently gave an interview on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” in which he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and also accused Armstrong of covering up a positive test during the 2001 Tour de Suisse. Armstrong has vehemently denied the accusations.