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Photos of Lance Armstrong's crashed SUV have been released by police and the damage is not minimal

The disgraced cyclist just can’t keep himself out of the headlines.

NEWLY RELEASED PHOTOS of Lance Armstrong’s crashed SUV, showing the extent of the damage to the vehicle registered to the fallen sports icon after he allegedly crashed into two parked cars, have been released by police.

His girlfriend, Anna Hansen, initially tried to take the blame for the accident in order to keep Armstrong out of national headlines, she told police.

You can see the photos of Armstrong’s smashed-up SUV below:

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Hansen was initially cited by Aspen police for failing to report the accident and exceeding safe speed for conditions before those tickets were transferred to Armstrong on 12 January.

The couple had attended a party at the St. Regis Aspen Resort on the evening of 29 December, the police report showed. Hansen initially told police that she had lost control of the GMC Yukon that she and Armstrong were driving home in and struck two parked cars in the West End neighborhood.

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In the police report, an Aspen police officer wrote:

I asked Hansen if Armstrong asked her to take the blame for the accident once they got home. She replied, “No, that was a joint decision and um, you know we’ve had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years and honestly, I’ve got teenagers, I just wanted to protect my family because I thought, ‘Gosh, Anna Hansen hit some cars, it’s not going to show up in the papers, but Lance Armstrong hit some cars, it’s going to be a national story.’”

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The US Anti-Doping Agency stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles in October 2012, and he confessed to Oprah Winfrey to having used banned substances in January 2013.

In a BBC interview that aired last week, Armstrong was asked, “When it comes to the doping, would you do it again?”

“If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive, I’d probably do it again,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong is due in court 17 March.

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