Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg has given a bizarre good luck message to Lance Armstrong ahead of what we now know will be the Team RadioShack rider’s final Tour de France.
In a brief video on YouTube, against a graphic of the Arc de Triomphe, the West Coast rapper tells Armstrong “I need to borrow that bike for a minute, man, I gotta do a few tricks down the street, you understand me?” – we think we do – although we’re a bit lost at his other request that a friend borrow “that Speedo suit you been wearing” for purposes that, perhaps mercifully, remain unexplained.
Dogg – born Cordozar Calvin Broadus – finishes his message with the words “Good luck in that tour, neffew!” shown on screen.
While the rapper is unlikely to be at Saturday’s Grand Départ in Rotterdam – he had been due to perform at a festival in the Netherlands last weekend before being uninvited by the organisers due to the perception he was a bad role model, a curious state of affairs given that the country is one of the few where marijuana can be bought and smoked openly, with Snoop known to enjoy the odd smoke himself – he is performing in Brussels this Sunday, the same day that Stage 1 of the race finishes there.
Perhaps he’ll be able to get his hands on that skinsuit and bike after all – although he might be well advised to give doping control a pretty wide berth.
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.