Lance Armstrong learned the hard way that social media bites back this weekend when he tweeted about passing Vice President Mike Pence on a bike path on Nantucket.
Armstrong took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon, writing, "I can’t drop many people on a bike these days but I just blew the f***in’ doors off Mike Pence on a Nantucket bike path. Day. Made."
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Clearly, Armstrong’s tweet struck a nerve, because Twitter users — many of them conservatives — began firing back at the former pro cyclist, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 after a doping scandal.
Finally a race you didn’t need to dope for to win.— Saladino for Congress (@JoeySalads) August 11, 2019
Wow, Lance, congratulations. Who's next? Ruth Bader Ginsburg?— The Real Phil Anderson (@IlliniPhil) August 11, 2019
Wow, a pro athlete whooped an elderly man in the sport of his choice!! Such a badass you are!! 🙄🙄— Nicole (@Go_Pens_) August 10, 2019
Sooo... the guy who cheated to win all his championships now thinks it's winning to ride a bike faster than a 60 year old who wasn't even trying to race him... got it.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 10, 2019
Hope this victory makes up for all the ones you had stripped from you for cheating.— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) August 10, 2019
Flexing on an older guy who has never been a professional athlete is not a good look.— Naomi Lopez Bauman (@LopezBauman) August 10, 2019
While Armstrong did receive a lot of criticism, there were several Twitter users who replied with supportive comments. But clearly, he felt the response was significant enough to say something. Later that evening, Armstrong followed up his tweet by suggesting that people should realize it was just a joke.
“Some people can’t take a joke or even having a little fun on Twitter,” he shot back at critics. “Lightin’ [sic] the f*** up people. But seriously, I did blow his doors off!!”
Pence arrived on Nantucket earlier on Saturday to attend a Republican fundraiser. He was greeted by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker upon arrival.
Thank you @CharlieBakerMA for welcoming us to Nantucket today, @SecondLady and I are excited to visit your great state! I look forward to continuing to work together for all of the hard working Americans in MA and around the country! pic.twitter.com/q0Tf9eHuRH— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 10, 2019
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