Cycling: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong 'bought' Million Dollar Race - report
ROME (AFP) - Retired Italian rider Roberto Gaggioli told Friday's edition of the Corriere della Sera that Lance Armstrong paid him US$100,000 (S$125,580) in 1993 in order to win the Million Dollar Race in the United States.
"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 US$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 CoreStates race in Philadelphia which was crucial to him winning the one million dollar prize for the victor of three races held over 21 days.
The Million Dollar Race, which was known as the Thrift Drug Triple Crown, was comprised of the Pittsburgh Classic, the West Virginia Classic and the CoreStates race.