Lance Armstrong reveals that he suffered a “stupid” training crash after an encounter with a bee las
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Lance Armstrong suffered what he called a “stupid crash” while out training on his time trial bike near Nice last week, but says that the incident caused no lasting damage, although he was left with a black eye and road rash.
The crash happened last Tuesday but Armstrong only revealed details of it when speaking in a teleconference with the American press on Sunday. The six-time Tour winner said he was stung by a bee, but continued to ride after the stinger was removed from above his left eye. The Texan admitted the sting “hurt like hell” and caused him to lose concentration.
A few minutes later, his wheel hit a raised spot in the road as he was turning, forcing his wheel to lock, flipping him over his handlebars. The crash split his helmet in two.
“I’m embarrassed to say I was going slow,” Armstrong said. “Fortunately, I have not felt any ill effects after this crash. It wasn’t that serious and nothing was wrong – no breaks, no stitches. I feel I’m just as fluid as I was before. I feel very good on the bike and I’d even venture to say I feel better than I’ve ever felt.”