Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to Aspen car crash after girlfriend initially took the blame

The disgraced cyclist was fined for the Aspen collision

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Lance Armstrong, the disgraced seven-times Tour de France winner, has pleaded guilty to crashing into two parked cars in Aspen.

Armstrong's girlfriend Anna Hansen initially took the blame for the December 28 collision, according to authorities. She later admitted that she lied to protect him and claimed that it was a "joint decision".

He has admitted guilt and last week avoided appearing in court by paying $238.50 in court expenses plus a $150 fine.

 

Armstrong, 43, entered his plea by post under a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to Pitkin county clerk's office.

Hansen initially told police that she was driving the car from the Aspen Art Museum, and that she was driving too fast along the snowy roads. She said Armstrong has been drinking "a little bit", which was why she was driving.

However, a valet at the museum told police that Armstrong had been behind the wheel. Hansen will not face any action for lying to the police.

Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles in 2012 after systematic doping. He has been given a lifetime ban from professional cycling by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

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