Wed, Jul 10, 2013 | by Kyle MunsonShare
So Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday night made a crack about bicyclist Lance Armstrong near the start of his opening monologue.
Armstrong last week told The Register in an interview that he would ride three or four days of the 41st RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), his first public event since sitting down with Oprah Winfrey in January to admit that he doped during his run of seven consecutive Tour de France wins.
Leno riffed on Armstrong about a minute into his monologue:
“And Lance Armstrong has entered his first cycling event since confessing to doping. He’ll participate in The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Race. You know why he’s competing? It’s in his blood — he can’t get it out! He can’t get it out! It’s in there!”
Note to Leno: RAGBRAI is a ride, not a race. There are too many opportunities to stop for a performance-enhancing pork chop — which is not only allowed but encouraged.
UPDATE: In response to a @DMRegister tweet about the Leno monologue and this blog post, Armstrong apparently replied, “He’s still on TV?” The bicyclist must have had second thoughts about his snarky comeback, because the tweet soon disappeared from his timeline but was still showing up elsewhere. Here’s a screengrab: