What’s up with the lettering on Lance Armstrong’s bike?

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  • Published Jan. 21, 2009
  • Updated Apr. 21, 2009 at 1:27 PM EDT
FSU2009? The view from underneath Armstrong’s TDU2009 bike.


Australian journalist Benjamin Fitzmaurice got a look at the underside of Lance Armstrong’s Trek Madone at the Tour Down Under this week, and saw something unexpected:

“The bike has some letters and numbers on the bottom bracket,” Fitzmaurice said. “The guy from Trek said that he would show us but could not tell us what they meant. When we shot the bottom bracket a guy from Astana staff came rushing over to question what we were doing …”

As the photo and Fitzmaurice’s video shows, the lettering is “FSU2009.” A reference to Florida State University? Later Wednesday, Armstrong mentioned the issue on his Twitter account:

“Had ?’s about fsu2009. Florida state? Someone’s initials? Or something else? It’s personal to me, let’s leave it at that. Thanks! “

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