Lance Armstrong will confront US radio talkshow host Tony Kornheiser today after the sports journalist recommended running riders down during an anti-cycling rant.
The seven-time Tour de France winner wrote on his Twitter page: “… Just off the phone w/ Tony Kornheiser who’s very sorry 4 his comments re: cyclists. Going on the show 2morrow 2 discuss this w/ him.”
However, Kornheiser’s colleagues at radio station ESPN980 seem far from contrite. After Armstrong’s original Tweet, in which he branded Kornheiser “a complete f-ing idiot”, they wrote on their Twitter page: “Hoping to be a Trending Topic Worldwide today, keep your fingers crossed…” Armstrong’s response? “How douchebags apologize.”
ESPN have now removed the controversial broadcast from their website, but it can still be found on YouTube. Kornheiser’s anti-cycling diatribe was sparked by a discussion about a proposed new cycle lane from the White House to the Capitol in Washington.
His comments included: “They don’t share the road, they dominate the road. They dare you to run them down … And then when you do, they get angry. What is that about? … And so you tap them. I’m not saying you kill them, I’m saying you tap them. Tap them once … If you’re not rubbing, you’re not racing, right? So you pop them a little bit and see what happens…”
Armstrong will appear on Kornheiser’s morning show on ESPN980 today, which starts at 10am Eastern Time.