Cheryl Crow saw former fiance Lance Armstrong get an illicit blood transfusion in Belgium and later told federal investigators what transpired, according to a new book due out Tuesday.
“Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it," wrote “Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever” authors Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell. “He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team’s doping program. He explained that it was simply part of the sport — that all cyclists were doing the same thing.”
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An excerpt of the book was posted by the The Wall Street Journal.
The book claims Crow informed on Armstrong after Food and Drug Administration investigator Jeff Novitzky offered her a proffer agreement. A proffer is a document that protects witnesses from criminal prosecution.
Blood transfusions boost oxygen-carrying red blood cells and give athletes an endurance edge without them having to take performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong, who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times before being banned from the sport, used transfusions in conjunction with several illicit substances throughout his career. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency would later find that Armstrong engaged in the most sophisticated doping program ever in the sport of cycling.
Armstrong denied for years that he did anything illicit to boost his performance, but finally came clean in January of this year during an interview with Opray Winfrey
Armstrong was never charged with a crime, but he was stripped of his Tour de France titles. The Justice Department is suing him for fraud as it tries to recover tens of millions of dollars paid to his cycling team by the U.S. Postal Service.
Commenters were busy on Twitter Thursday referring to the latest development.
The book’s authors state their work “arose from more than 100 interviews with former teammates, federal investigators and anti-doping officials. Some of these figures spoke on background, asking not to be quoted so they could speak freely.”
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