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. Bob

    Sigh what would we do with out steroids? 🙂

    May 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      Please remember not all steroids are bad. Only Anabolic Steroids are bad. Some people need steroids to survive

      May 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Castle

      IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS AND SO TRANSPARENT...THAT THE LINE MARKED... PLEASE STAND HERE & SOMEONE WILL BE WITH YOU SHORTLY TO TAKE DOWN LANCE...JUST GOT ONE MORE "I HOPE I GET A BOOK DEAL CYLCLIST" HATER. THE GREATEST ATHLETE FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS IS BOUND TO TAKE HEAT FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE AND THAT IS ...`WIN ! EVEN WITH A CANCER RIDDLED BODY HE WON. I KNOW THERE WILL ALWAYS BE DETRACTORS TO THIS CLAIM.. BUT NONE OF WHOMEVER YOU NAME DID WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED WITH CANCER DOMINATING THEIR BODIES ! LANCE DID SO BY DOMINATING CANCER AND DOMINATING HIS SPORT ! LONG LIVE THE ...............................CHAMP. EVERYBODY ELSE COMES IN SECOND.. .

      May 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. smanCometh

    Just like Tiger Woods, Lance must think we are all idiots. He definetly took roids: GH, Epo, and a variety of test. Everyone in cycling was doing it and Lance was the King of the lab.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      And you know that Lance definitely took them because.........evidence? anyone?

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

      Oh please, that "innocent until proven guilty" thingy is so passe'.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCHStenor

      You must be ignorant. There has never been a positive test on him in over five hundred plies tests! If your have proof, keep talking Tyler, otherwise stop trying to get some quick cash and popularity. And right now, you have no proof

      May 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • yourdumbforreal

      your right he looks so muscular.................take the word of someone who is suspended and denied it himself. if the test caught this hamilton how did it not catch lance. Trolls

      May 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Yeah, well Lance also claims he had to leave Plano, TX to get to a welcoming place like Austin, because Plano was so mean to him and demanded he attend class and do his school assignments instead of riding all day. Wow, what a loser! My kids went to school with him and I KNOW how much the school cut him slack so he could practice and compete. He was able to whine and complain his way through while he rode all the time, "so he could He just wanted the fame and glory and didn't want to do what he needed to do to graduate from what was the best school system in TX at the time. I'm tired of hearing his BS, and yes–he probably did take steroids and believe me, he's slick enough to dodge the tests. Everyone here was proud of him and gave him every opportunity, but as soon as he could, he started yelling about how he never got a fair shake here. No respect from here, and no, I, nor anyone else, is jealous of this guy who is such a loser in his personal life,as well as being a doper.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ringo

    Tell the truth Lance!

    May 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Maybe he already did.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrumDoctorD

      If you wanted Truth, you wouldn't be on CNN.com.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. m.towne

    And let me guess....Tyler is writing a book. Of course he is. funny that all the test Lance had proved he's clean.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. potsdamdj

    As far as I am concerned..no one would want to discredit Lance
    Amstrong more than the French themselves and they haven't uncovered any wrongdoing. I believe THE Champ..NOT the pretenders...

    May 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    Simple questions: 1. Has he ever failed a drug test? No, even by the French and they have openly admitted that they would LOVE to show Lance was a fraud (because no AMERICAN should be the best ever in a European sport). 2. Has anyone who was NOT already disgraced, broke, and writing a book ever accused him of anything? No. Meanwhile, Contador actually GETS CAUGHT with a failed drug test, says it is due to tainted meat (which is quickly refuted by anyone with a science degree), and is let off!?

    May 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      To quote the French-TOUCHE'!!

      May 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SKB

    Gee, steroids and testicular cancer – coincidence?

    May 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      EPO is not a steroid. Shows how little you know.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      You are an idiot. Testosterone is produced by the testicles. Taking more would not cause cancer. Plus, if they were all in the same needle-fest all the time, how did Hamilton, Landis, et al ring up positive tests while Lance has tested clean-500+ times?

      May 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jdoe

    From the interview it's apparent that a lot of riders were doping. I call that an even playing field.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Expose the bum

    He's nothing more than an enemic Bonds/Sosa/Mark. Then read this book: The Fix is In. I guarantee you that after reading this book, you will never view pro sports the same.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      We all know that doping is endemic in pro sports. There's too much money at stake and the ones who don't dope stand little chance of winning. The real problem is that people still expect it to be clean and act SHOCKED about it.

      May 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Johnny Triumph

    No pro athlete is credible unless he distances himself from the bad guys at the time it happens. If Lance were innocent and if the rest of the team were using PEDs then why didn't he leave? If he was truly as awesome as it seemed then he could easily find another team that would obey the rules, rules that he's saying he wanted to obey.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rob

    To all those in denial: THEY ALL DID IT.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tarmac

    This is the same guy that was caught doping and blamed it on his "vanishing twin." Then he also went on to say that it was antidepressants that tripped up the positive doping test. Why should anyone believe Hamilton this time?

    May 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. blkdrgn

    what's funny is, if everyone took EPO that would make them all even. they still lost to Lance

    May 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MadCityBabe

    I think this issue only matters to a very, very, very, very, very small group of people............

    May 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pancake Splatter

    If I had to bet on it, I would bet that he has doped. Cycling is one of the dirtiest sports there is, and I say this as a cycling enthusiast. You don't bike 3000 miles in a month, some of that up mountains, without needing some help. It's been that way since the earliest days of cycling. The fact that Lance hasn't been caught probably says more about the skill of his doctors than his innocence.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      Maybe so, but if it's the dirtiest sport, that means many if not most other riders dope also. And that means they competed on a level playing field. And Lance still won numerous times. Also, because he won he was subjected to more scrutiny and many more tests than others, and yet still passed. In a way he was more "clean" than others.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pancake Splatter

      jdoe, that's fair to say as there are a lot of big name riders that have been nailed for doping in recent years. few teams have come out unscathed. so, lance was the king of the dopers. Seriously, it was still an amazing feat one way or the other. but, anyone who follows cycling knows that there probably aren't many clean riders.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
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