Ital­ian rider claims Lance paid him to throw a race

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RE­TIRED Ital­ian rider Roberto Gag­gi­oli told yes­ter­day’s Cor­riere della Sera that Lance Arm­strong paid him $100 000 in 1993 in or­der to win the Mil­lion Dol­lar Race in the USA.

“It was a young Amer­i­can col­league,” Gag­gi­oli, who is now 51, was quoted as say­ing. “He of­fered me a panet­tone (a tra­di­tional Ital­ian Christ­mas 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,” added Gag­gi­oli in ref­er­ence to Arm­strong’s win in the race in Philadel­phia which was cru­cial to him win­ning the $1-mil­lion prize for the vic­tor of three races held over 21 days.

The Mil­lion Dol­lar Race was com­prised the Pitts­burgh Clas­sic, the West Vir­ginia Clas­sic and the CoreStates race.

“Two laps from the end, I was in a break­away with Lance, Bobby Julich and some Ital­ian rid­ers. When Lance made a sign, I turned away as if not to see that he had es­caped. He broke away to win.”

The news­pa­per said other rid­ers had also been bought, and cited one, Roberto Pel­li­coni, who said: “An­gelo Can­zonieri and Lance agreed on a fee of 50, An­gelo thought he meant dol­lars but Lance meant lire. At the Tour of Lom­bardy he gave us 50 mil­lion (lire).”

Arm­strong, who was rid­ing for Mo­torola at the time, was of­fi­cially stripped of his seven Tour de France wins in 2012 af­ter be­ing found guilty of a string of dop­ing of­fences. He ad­mit­ted ear­lier this year that he had cheated. – AFP

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