Armstrong gets a bike basket on Letterman show

Tuesday, August 2nd 2005, 11:54 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ David Letterman found just the right bike accessory for Lance Armstrong.

On Monday, the ``Late Show'' host gave the seven-time Tour de France winner a white basket decorated with gaudy plastic flowers and a sign saying, ``7 Time Winner.''

``It goes right on the handlebars,'' Letterman said.

Armstrong appeared on the CBS late-night show to talk about winning his seventh and final Tour and life after racing.

After receiving his gift, Armstrong recalled his first visit to the show _ and another gift Letterman had given him _ a beaded seat cover that was popular among New York City taxi drivers.

Of course, his was shaped to fit a bicycle seat.

``Dave cut one out the shape of a saddle, with just the beads and said, `Here, I thought you might like this.''' Armstrong said. ``But the two together, like the seat and this (basket), I might come back for No. 8.''