Here’s a new wrinkle to the ongoing Lance Armstrong fall from grace: an Italian cyclist is now claiming that Armstrong paid him $100,000 to throw a critical race in 1993.
Roberto Gaggioli told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra that prior to the ’93 Philadelphia International Championship, a single-day cycling event held since 1985, Armstrong handed him a cake box that had something a little more impressive than a cake inside.
“It was a young American colleague,” Gaggioli said, according to the New York Post. ”He offered me a panettone [Italian cake] as a present and wished me a merry Christmas. In the box there were $100,000 in small bills. That colleague was Lance Armstrong. Lance said that my team, Coors Light, had agreed to it. I understood that it had all been decided.”
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