Lance Armstrong Doped in Front of Sheryl Crow: Book
She later told investigators about blood transfusion, authors say
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
This 2004 file photo shows Lance Armstrong kissing Sheryl Crow as he celebrates his sixth straight Tour de France cycling race victory in Paris.   (AP Photo/Franck Prevel)

(Newser) – A new book claims that Sheryl Crow was with then-boyfriend Lance Armstrong during one of his secret blood transfusions—and that she ultimately snitched on him to federal investigators. The New York Daily News got an early look this week at Wheelmen by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell, and it recounts the Belgium incident. "Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it," the authors write.

"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." Five years after the couple broke up, however, the criminal probe against Armstrong was launched, and Crow spoke to investigators in 2011. The book says she was protected from prosecution by cooperating with the investigation.