Lance Armstrong's girlfriend to be questioned about disgraced cyclist's 'untruthfulness' after he let her take the blame for his traffic collision in Aspen

  • Anna Hansen took the blame for Lance Armstrong's car collision in Aspen last December then admitted she had lied
  • Armstrong has pleaded guilty to reckless driving, has been bailed
  • He is being sued by U.S. government for civil fraud
  • Prosecutors wish to ask Hansen about Armstrong's tendency to lie
  • Family's lawyers are fighting to quash subpoena on grounds she does not know any relevant information 

Lance Armstrong's girlfriend will be questioned about his tendency to lie, it has been reported.

The disgraced cyclist has apologized for letting long-term partner Anna Hansen take the blame for a car collision in Aspen last December.

But as the U.S. government pursues a civil lawsuit against Armstrong, prosecutors have issued a subpoena to interview Hansen, mother of Armstrong's two young children, USA Today reports.

Armstrong's lawyers are fighting for the subpoena to be dismissed on the grounds that Hansen is not connected to the case.

However, in court documents read by USA Today, the government states Hansen could provide vital information about 'Armstrong's character for untruthfulness'.

Subpoena: Anna Hansen (left), mother of two children with Lance Armstrong (right), is set to be questioned by federal prosecutors about her partner's 'character for untruthfulness' as he is sued for civil fraud

Subpoena: Anna Hansen (left), mother of two children with Lance Armstrong (right), is set to be questioned by federal prosecutors about her partner's 'character for untruthfulness' as he is sued for civil fraud

Further defending the court order, the government report states: 'Hansen has been in a relationship with Armstrong since 2008 and, during the period of their relationship, Armstrong engaged in conduct that is unambiguously relevant to this litigation — most notably, his attempts to silence anyone who knew about his doping.'

It adds: 'Hansen's suggestion that she "knows nothing" related to Armstrong's doping and concealment is implausible.'

Lance Armstrong's attorney has yet to respond to Daily Mail Online's request for a comment. 

The subpoena comes three months after Armstrong pleaded guilty to careless driving for side-swiping two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen late last year.

The 43-year-old disgraced professional cyclist avoided a court appearance by paying $238.50 in fines and court costs by mail.

According to reports, Hansen told witnesses at the scene that it was Armstrong, but when police came to their house she claimed to have been driving because Armstrong had been drinking 'a little bit'. 

Case: Hansen initially took the blame for a car incident in which Armstrong hit a vehicle in Aspen, Colorado

Case: Hansen initially took the blame for a car incident in which Armstrong hit a vehicle in Aspen, Colorado

Confession: She later admitted Armstrong was behind the wheel after officers questioned witnesses

Confession: She later admitted Armstrong was behind the wheel after officers questioned witnesses

When the officers questioned the valet, who testified to seeing Armstrong get in the driver's seat, Hansen recanted her statement, allegedly admitting that they did so to prevent the story from hitting the news. 

Now, she is set to face a courtroom.

The government prosecutors used part of an interview with Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong's former teammate, to defend their subpoena. 

The excerpt quoted in their report, read by USA Today, says: 'Hansen has been in a relationship with Armstrong since 2008 and, during the period of their relationship, Armstrong engaged in conduct that is unambiguously relevant to this litigation — most notably, his attempts to silence anyone who knew about his doping,' government attorneys stated.

'During their relationship, Armstrong also was the subject of three investigations, has been a defendant in six lawsuits, and was stripped of seven Tour de France titles, all because of his doping and related fraudulent conduct. Hansen's suggestion that she "knows nothing" related to Armstrong's doping and concealment is implausible.'

The family is allegedly disputing the subpoena on the grounds that Hansen (pictured with during a mountain race) has no relevant information. Citing Armstrong's former teammates, prosecutors say she does

The family is allegedly disputing the subpoena on the grounds that Hansen (pictured with during a mountain race) has no relevant information. Citing Armstrong's former teammates, prosecutors say she does

The disgraced cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from racing in 2012

The disgraced cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from racing in 2012

Concluding the report, government attorneys write: 'Until his confession, Armstrong told only those closest to him the truth about his drug-fueled success as a cyclist.

'The United States is entitled to learn what Armstrong told those confidants, including Anna Hansen, about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, his acts of concealment and other matters relating to this litigation.'  

The report adds: 'For example, Hansen has admitted to conspiring with Armstrong to lie to Colorado police officers in the hope that Armstrong could avoid liability for a late-night automobile collision with a parked car.

'Additionally, any knowledge Hansen has concerning other instances of Armstrong's untruthfulness, including about his doping activities and concealment campaign, are properly discoverable.'  

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from racing in 2012 after a U.S. Anti-Doping investigation. He later admitted in a television interview using performance-enhancing drugs during his championship run.

In February, arbitrators ordered Armstrong to pay $10 million to a sports insurance company for bonuses he reaped from his tainted victories, calling the case 'an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy.'