Lance Armstrong over the years
May 20th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Ex-teammate: I saw Lance Armstrong inject banned substances

A former cycling teammate said seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs before several events, including the Tour de France, according to an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes."

In the interview, part of which CBS aired Thursday on the "CBS Evening News," Tyler Hamilton admitted that he, Armstrong and members of the U.S. Postal Service team often used banned substances. Hamilton has served a two-year suspension for doping.

Armstrong rebutted the allegation Thursday night on Twitter saying: "20+ year career. 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case."

Hamilton, who won an Olympic gold medal in 2004, told "60 Minutes" that he knows Armstrong used EPO, which helps boost endurance, several times, including in his win for the 1999 Tour de France.

"I saw (EPO) in his refrigerator. ... I saw him inject it more than one time like we all did, like I did many, many times," Hamilton said.

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Armstrong on Thursday night tweeted for his followers to go to Facts4Lance.com, a site dismissing several doping allegations lodged against Armstrong over the years. Armstrong has always said he never took banned substances. He has never failed a drug test but repeatedly has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs by other riders.

"Tyler Hamilton is a confessed liar in search of a book deal - and he managed to dupe 60 Minutes, the 'CBS Evening News,' and new anchor Scott Pelley," Armstrong lawyer Mark Fabiani said in a statement. "Most people, though, will see this for exactly what it is:  More washed-up cyclists talking trash for cash."

Hamilton, who had previously denied using the substances, said that he and riders took the drugs because they felt they needed to gain an edge.

"(Armstrong) took what we all took ... ," Hamilton told CBS.  "There was EPO ... testosterone ... a blood transfusion."

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  1. Imglad

    Hamilton is quite the little nark now isn't he?

    May 20, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Yes, he is!

    May 20, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ringo Starrr

    It is truly – TIME TO MOVE ON!

    May 20, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carma

    What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
    Who is the one that failed the drug test?

    May 20, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Willyg35

      In US innocent until proven guilty doesn't exist, we see it with Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      No one is innocent until proven guilty. If you commit the conduct, you are guilty of it the moment you do it. For purposes of governmental restrictions to your right to liberty, you are PRESUMED innocent. The concept only applies to the government in court.

      OJ Simpson and Robert Blake killed their wives. They were both acquitted. If they both now came out and confessed, would they not be guilty? They would continue to be not guilty as far as the government being unable to jail them for it, , but they were guilty the moment they committed their murders.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. KyleConrad

    Hmmmm, if it looks like a duck, sounds like a a duck and walks like a duck (many times over), it's probably a duck...

    May 20, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jo Mama

    Does anybody seriously believe Armstrong would have shot up in front of others?

    Maybe he used PEDs, maybe he didn't. He has tested clean. But for a guy who is coming off a doping ban to suddenly claim that Armstrong doped in his presence lacks credibility.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Slippery Pete

      Yes, I so believe it because he was shooting up in front of people also shooting up. They wouldn't want to incriminate each other. Now that Hamilton is banned/retired, he has nothing to lose by being a rat and also has books to sell. Lance is a dopper, end of story. They all are.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cricket

    So the loser is trying to muddy the winner's pond?

    May 20, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeanie

    So if he saw him do it – why didn't he open his mouth then? No book deal if the offering? Need 15 minutes of fame?

    May 20, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Slippery Pete

      Because he was also shooting up. Duh!

      May 20, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. VinMan301

    Regardless of what one thinks of Lance, you have to ask, "Why surface these allegations only now, after so many years?". Lance may or may not have doped, but accusations after all of these years by two admitted liars (Floyd Landis is the other) can't help the prosecution as much as one might think. What a waste of time and money...

    May 20, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. the truth

    I guess the haters won't stop unit they discredit Lance. Crazy. Accept the fact that he is a gifted athlete and move on......

    May 20, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Get off the site, Lance; those of us from your original hometown, know what a jerk you are, all around. No surprise that you doped.....

      May 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Trevelyan

    I hate it when people make allegations without proof. And shame on CBS for airing this story without proof.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      There are now TWO eyewitnesses. In a court of law, even one eyewitness is admissable evidence. That's why CNN aired this interview.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • desidown

      Amy,
      Have you heard of the term "credibility of an eyewitness" or maybe corroborating evidence ?

      May 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. miked77

    man what a rat, what is wrong with people?

    May 20, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Casting aspirations on others is a well-known technique of losers.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      It's "aspersions," not "aspirations."

      May 20, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • GozieBoy

      Given all of Tyler's hot air, I think "aspirations" is indeed quite appropriate...

      May 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    I don't care whether Armstrong used juice or not. He's a great athlete.
    Move on down the road into the real world.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. nicole

    u know ppl that do this (tell about questionable, unethical actions or violations a lot later) lose and have no credibility even if indeed it is true. I will even question their integrity. especially, when it comes to people who deal with enhancement drugs and athletics..clearly a violation..why would people wait until way after? it is pointless to bring that up a lot later, it needs to be brought up when it occurs..have some integrity, and if a person sees that something unethical occurs or any violations, to speak up immediately not way after..what is the point? but of course, if they are in the same boat, it is not convenient..that is why i have no respect for people who so oh btw, for such and such, he used this and that..idiots, sorry..even if something like sanctions or whatever can be done, it totally messes of the integrity of the sport.crap like this need to be brought up when it occurs and when it can affect the performance..at the time, not way after..so ridiculous

    May 20, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
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