Lance Armstrong paid $1.5 million in taxpayers’ money to appear at 2009 Tour Down Under

Lance Armstrong paid $1.5 million in taxpayers’ money to appear at 2009 Tour Down Under

Joe Robinson 1 Apr 2019 Organisers say Armstrong's appearance fees were warranted considering his presence Lance Armstrong was paid $1.5 million in Australian taxpayers’ money to appear at the 2009 Tour Down Under as part of his comeback to cycling. The Sunday Mail in Australia has revealed that Armstrong received a payment equivalent to around £800,000 to make his return to the professional peloton in 2009 after ending his three-year retirement. It has only now been confirmed that the money came from taxpayers’ pockets, as the information was classified for a 10-year period. The payment, which came from the South Australian government, included first-class air tickets to the race for two people, hotel accommodation and food. Armstrong was also paid for his appearances at the 2010 and 2011 editions of the race, with the details of these payments set to be released in the coming years. State treasurer Rob Lucas ...

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