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. Brett

    Who cares.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie

      i agree...who cares....let them all do steroids....

      May 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • WeAreAllSupers

      The Incredibles quote fits here: Syndrome: "Everyone can be super! And when everyone's super... no one will be."

      May 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • donuthead

      It would be nice to believe that there is integrity in big name sports, but I do not any longer.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CMK

    Why are tax dollars and time being spent to discredit an athlete that has done so much
    for his sport and those dealing with cancer.. Armstrong is a hero not only to the cycling
    community but to individuals, families and their friends who's hope for beating and dealing with
    cancer issues. LIVESTRONG leave the guy alone!

    May 20, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Abn0rmal

      I agree that tax dollars going to this is a waste, but if its all a lie based on cheating is it something you want to ignore just because he survived cancer and it makes for a good story? I'm not saying he did or did not but if it turns out to be true I think its something those individuals who see him as a "hero" deserve to know.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • decora

      it's a good point. i am torn. i believe cheating should be investigated.

      however, the government has not produced a single conviction of the Synthetic CDO industry, which many participants called a 'ponzi scheme', that was central to the financial crisis of 2008 that threw millions out of work and out of their homes. whatever Armstrong did pales, utterly pales, in comparison to the corruption at the banks, the congress, and the military.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Janis

    Lance is arrogant and rests on his laurels. But he is the most acclaimed cyclist in the world. I work in a lab and you don't get through 500 drug tests with negative results if you are doping.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ZoĂ«

      He said 500 controlled substances, not 500 drug tests. There are plenty of ways to get by drug tests. I just don't really care, though...why is this news? Oh my goodness, dope in sports?! WHAT?! it's been done...someone wants publicity here.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nicolas Olivier

    Is it that Hamilton is furious that he got caught and Armstrong didn't ? Or is it that he needs publicity to sell a book. Whatever the case – why now does he decide to tell tales – and why tell it at all ? Without evidence, it is just a nasty smear.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rum Dumb

    This guy was ok with keeping his mouth shut for what something like ten years? Someone else looking to sell a book, how much is he getting paid to come-up with his story. How am I personally effected if these guys are using drugs? Water over the dam, who cares?

    May 20, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bdo

    Our government continuously spends millions of dollars on useless investigations like this. The USG is digging a hole right now that is about to bottom out.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Where in the article does the goverment is doing anything about investigating Armstrong? There not. Seems to be a moot point in this case and no reason to be brought up.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nate

    seriously who cares. They were all doping back then, so he doped and beat a bunch of other dopers. That was the sport, its fine.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. OU812IC

    Come on Lance time to come clean, or have you ever been clean???
    I look at the photos over the years and he started getting that Roid look

    May 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JIM TAYLOR

    JUST TIRED OF THIHS YEAR AFTER YEAR... ALWAYS SOME JERK BRINGS IT UP. DID HE DO IT? YOU KNOW I DON'T CARE ANYMORE...

    May 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stinky Laroo

      Tone it down, I can hear you already.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joseph

    Let's face it, the anti-doping agencies had their heads in the sand. Does anyone really believe that the Russians, the East Germans, the Chinese and BALCO were the only ones to deceive the testing regime? Not to mention that whenever you administer a lab test you have "a margin of error" within which to operate. So testing doesn't catch everyone and the athletes know this. The only consolation is that bicycling is so riddled with cheating that everyone was competing on a level playing field.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    Why are people bring up the government wasting money on investigating Armstrong. Nothing in the article indicates that the they are. I realize they have in the past over other athletes, but it has nothing to do with this article people.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Seabass

    Lance is a liar and a cheat. He's arrogant and he believes he is above the law. While he is undoubtedly the best cyclist ever (notwithstanding his doping, which every other cyclist was doing), and has done amazing things for cancer, he cannot skate on this.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    does it really matter? its bicycle riding, not soccer...oh wait, there's 2 sports that nobody could care less if the guys doped. as long as my idols on the curling circuit stay clean, i don't care about that stuff.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James H.

    Saying you saw someone do something is not evidence. Where is the evidence? Where are the failed drug tests? There are none. Just because you SAY that you saw something doesn't make it true. There must be scientific evidence to back this up. I hypothsize a lawsuit in the future against Hamilton and Landis if they can't back this up.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Auntie Warhol

    I knew Neil Armstrong was on drugs when he *thought* he was on the moon! Huh? Oh . . . wait . . . it's *Lance* Armstrong? The bicycle guy? Oh. OK. Never mind.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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