Lance Armstrong has branded a US radio talkshow host who said live on air that motorists should run cyclists down a “complete f-ing idiot.” In a message on his Twitter page, the seven times Tour de France winner also called the remarks “Disgusting, ignorant” and “foolish.”
The comments were made by ESPN 980 host Tony Kornheiser, who has recently come back to work after being suspended for hitting out at a female colleague for “dressing too young.”
The radio host made his remarks during a discussion of a new cycle lane close to the White House in Washington, DC.
“The last time I looked, the roads were made for automobiles," he began. "We're going to be dominated as if this was Beijing by hundreds of thousands of bicyclists."
Kornheiser then turned his wrath on the clothes cyclists wear, before calling on motorists to run them down.
"They all wear … my God … with the little water bottle in the back and the stupid hats and their shiny shorts," said the talk show host. "They are the same disgusting poseurs that in the middle of a snowstorm come out with cross-country skiing on your block. Run 'em down.”
He continued: "Let them use the right, I'm OK with that. I don't take my car and ride on the sidewalk because I understand that's not for my car… Why do these people think that these roads were built for bicycles?... They dare you to run them down."
Armstrong has urged his 2.5 million followers on Twitter to complain to ESPN about Kornheiser’s comments, "Tony Kornheiser on cyclists on the road, 'run 'em down'. Really? Big mistake, Tony."
The radio station also has a presence on Twitter, and you can let them know your thoughts on Kornheiser’s remarks by sending a message starting with their user name, @ESPNRadio980.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.