Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg has given a bizarre good luck message to Lance Armstrong ahead of what we now know will be the Team RadioShack rider’s final Tour de France.
In a brief video on YouTube, against a graphic of the Arc de Triomphe, the West Coast rapper tells Armstrong “I need to borrow that bike for a minute, man, I gotta do a few tricks down the street, you understand me?” – we think we do – although we’re a bit lost at his other request that a friend borrow “that Speedo suit you been wearing” for purposes that, perhaps mercifully, remain unexplained.
Dogg – born Cordozar Calvin Broadus – finishes his message with the words “Good luck in that tour, neffew!” shown on screen.
While the rapper is unlikely to be at Saturday’s Grand Départ in Rotterdam – he had been due to perform at a festival in the Netherlands last weekend before being uninvited by the organisers due to the perception he was a bad role model, a curious state of affairs given that the country is one of the few where marijuana can be bought and smoked openly, with Snoop known to enjoy the odd smoke himself – he is performing in Brussels this Sunday, the same day that Stage 1 of the race finishes there.
Perhaps he’ll be able to get his hands on that skinsuit and bike after all – although he might be well advised to give doping control a pretty wide berth.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.