• May 20th 2010 at 3:00PM
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Cyclist Lance Armstrong with Radio Shack team - Click above to watch video after the jump

There's just no way we could have predicted that the legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong would become the first official U.S. owner of the Nissan Leaf, but that appears to be the case. Not only will Lance be first in line, word is he will get his Leaf in September, nearly three months before the general public has a shot at getting into Nissan's all-new EV.

Why Lance Armstrong? Well, Nissan has provided more than 40 support vehicles for the 800-mile, eight-day Amgen Tour of California, including one Leaf which appeared at the finish line for each stage. In addition, Armstrong was chosen as an official spokesperson for the Leaf, so it's not a huge surprise Armstrong will become the first person in the U.S. to get his hands on the electric hatch. Nissan's director of marketing and media, Erich Marx, noted that Armstrong was chosen because his fitness and constant drive for perfection are a perfect match to the qualities of the Leaf. If that's still not reason enough for selecting Armstrong, than here's the kicker: Armstrong mentioned that breathing the exhaust fumes from support vehicles during long cycling tours can reduce his overall performance, and that's exactly the type of mindset that could make the Leaf a success. Follow the jump to listen to Lance talk about the benefits of the Nissan Leaf.

[Source: Promo Magazine via Nissan-Leaf | Image: PoweriPics - C.C. License 2.0]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats to Lance Armstrong on getting the first Leaf!

      Wishing him a speedy recovery from his fall - it happened just a few miles from my home :o
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somone has to be first, might as well be someone that can generate some free publicity. I would give one to Jay Leno also, even if he didn't sign up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK, one for Armstrong, but that's it! No putting celebrities ahead of the rest of us!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds perfect, he can keep his bike in the back when the Leaf runs out of juice and he doesn't want to wait for it to recharge.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Lol... yeah. Poor man's range extender
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Poor man's range extender"

        You won't say that if you knew how much his bikes cost. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its the perfect bike race pace car(no fumes) and range at low speeds is likely to be pretty decent though it might have trouble completing a double metric century.

      How does the leaf get to the finish line? Does it drive each stage(100+ miles) or is it delivered on a diesel fueled flatbed?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan is a sponsor of Team Radio Shack...I think this is more "sponsorship obligation" than reality. I mean, I like the idea of a short range, city-dwelling EV as much as the next person. But a long distance cycling support vehicle, it is not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to see him race it. Let's say 300 miles. How much time does it take to recharge the Leaf vs recharging Lance?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm afraid it's not going to work as a pace car for pro races:

      Friday's stage 13 in the Giro d'Italia is 262 km including 2 mountains (total vertical climb 1790 meters):


      Friday's stage 6 in the Tour of California is 214 km with 10,000 feet of climbing.


      Using team cars with LPG or CNG would be a better option to diminish respiratory problems, as well as a reduction in the number of motorcycles with journalists / photographers who sometimes influence the race.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Lance is an excellent choice as spokesman for the Leaf: Smart. Successful. Visionary. Nonpareil. Besides, no one knows (and reviles) ICE emissions as much as outdoor endurance athletes.

      Haters, are you going to condemn all professional cyclists? Give me a break, you don't know sh#$.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet Nissan is wishing the press release was halted this morning. Ironic though, since they both plug-in to charge.

      • 5 Years Ago
      After the confession of doping by Floyd Landis yesterday and his pointing at Armstrong saying he did it too, Armstrong may have enough of his contracts and money disappear to cancel his Leaf.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn you celebrities .....
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