If a new report is true, it sounds like Crow’s former boyfriend Lance Armstrong did her one better and did his dirty work right in front of her face.
The Daily News this morning ran an excerpt from a new book called “Wheelmen” that claims Crow not only was aware of Armstrong’s doping, but once accompanied him on one of his scandalous sessions … and later told the feds.
The book, written by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell, claims that Crow tagged along with her then-boyfriend on a trip to Belgium in 2004 and witnessed Armstrong receiving an illegal blood transfusion. The Daily News reports that Armstrong used transfusions in conjunction with a number of banned substances throughout his career.
“Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it,” the book states. “He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team’s doping program. He explained that it was simply part of the sport – that all cyclists were doing the same thing.”
Crow and Armstrong, who were briefly engaged in 2005, broke up in 2006. The relationship came back to haunt Crow in 2011, however, when federal investigators launched a criminal probe into Armstrong’s doping. “Wheelmen” claims that the Food and Drug Administration’s lead investigator, Jeff Novitzky, gave Crow a proffer agreement, a document that protected the singer from criminal prosecution as long as she gave up everything she knew about Armstrong and his habits. Crow allegedly sang like a bird.
A few weeks after Crow met with Novitzky, a grand jury dropped the case without explanation, but the information she gave in the proffer session can be used to in subsequent investigations.
“Wheelmen” is due out Tuesday.