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Lance Armstrong Cited: Hit Parked Cars, Let Girlfriend Take Blame

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 Feb 2015 04:39 PM

Lance Armstrong was cited by police in Aspen, Colorado, after allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run of two parked cars and letting his girlfriend take the blame.

The disgraced Tour de France cyclist was cited for failing to report an accident and speeding after his longtime girlfriend, Anna Hansen, admitted to lying for him, The Associated Press reported.

Hansen had told police that she was the driver during the Dec. 28 accident, in which two parked cars were hit, saying she lost control of Armstrong's GMC Yukon on the icy roads.

"We've had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years and honestly, I've got teenagers, I just wanted to protect my family," Hansen told police. "I thought, gosh, Anna Hansen hit some cars, it's not going to show up in the papers, but Lance Armstrong hit some cars, it's going to be a national story."

Police initially cited Hansen with failing to report an accident and speeding, but those tickets were transferred to Armstrong on Jan. 12, the Aspen Daily News reported.

On the night of the accident, Hansen told a homeowner about striking the vehicles on the street and said she’d pay for the damages, the Aspen Daily News said.

Aspen police detective Rick Magnuson, who met with Hansen the day after the accident, said he was suspicious of her story that she was driving home from an Aspen Art Museum party, the newspaper reported. A valet at the art museum said that he assisted Hansen to the passenger side of the GMC and Armstrong drove away. The homeowner also told police that Hansen indicated to him that Armstrong had been driving.

Hansen ultimately confessed to the cover-up.

Armstrong was famously stripped of seven Tour de France titles after admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs during all of the races.

Twitter users expressed contempt.









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