Sheryl Crow saw Armstrong blood transfusion, says book
Disgraced cyclist had transfusion on private jet in front of girlfriend, claim authors
A NEW book claims that singer Sheryl Crow witnessed disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong doping. Wheelman: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever, written by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell, is published next week in the United States but the New York Daily News has seen an advance copy and reports that Crow "told federal investigators about what she'd seen".
Armstrong and his then-girlfriend Crow – who shot to fame in the 1990s with songs such as All I Want to Do and If it Makes You Happy – had been dating for around a year at the time of the alleged incident in 2004.
The book recounts how the musician accompanied Armstrong to Belgium in his private jet in 2004 and then watched as the Texan, who at the time had won five successive Tour de France titles, underwent a blood transfusion. "Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it," the authors claim. "He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team's doping program."
Crow and Armstrong were at one time engaged but the relationship ended in 2006. The News reports that neither Crow nor her publicist had any comment to make on the latest allegations to surrounding the disgraced cyclist, who last year was stripped of all his titles and banned for life.
Though he initially denied he'd ever doped, Armstrong later confessed all to Oprah Winfrey .
According to Wheelman, Crow told Food and Drug Administration criminal investigator Jeff Novitzky of the transfusion after she was given a proffer agreement, a document that "protects witnesses from criminal prosecution if they cooperate honestly".
The latest allegations will further tarnish the reputation of Armstrong who is currently the subject of a legal action by the US Justice Department who are attempting to retrieve the tens of millions the US Postal Service paid to Armstrong and his teams. ·