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. Juls

    Please stop using the "he's the most tested athlete on the planet and he never tested positive once". That means nothing...

    The "he passed all of his drug tests" argument holds no merit whatsoever.
    1) Bjarne Riis won the 1996 Tour de France and passed every test. In 2006, he admitted he used EPO to win the tour – as did the rest of that 1996 team. Again, not one failed test.
    2) In 2007, Ivan Basso admitted to having blood drawn for use in blood doping. Not one failed drug test.
    3) In 2006, Floyd Landis won the tour de France and failed a doping test – for a high testosterone ratio. Later, Landis will admit he used other PEDs including a blood transfusion during that tour – yet he didn't test positive for any of that.
    4) During the 2008 Tour de France, Ricardo Ricco tested positive for new drug called CERA (a blood booster like EPO). He returned 2 positive tests that tour – yet Ricco admitted he should have returned many more.
    5) During the same 2008 Tour, Ricco's roommate Leonardo Piepoli admitted using the same blood booster CERA at the tour – yet never tested positive. He was even a stage winner and passed that test.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      they didn't test for EPO in 1996. they did in 2000 (and since) when lance was winning.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      Who cares? If EVERYONE did it then the field was still equal and he was still the BEST anyway.

      May 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sblount63

      At a medical facility located in Texas, Lance had an endurance test and he had the highest breathing/biking tolerance than anyone ever tested at Facility. Try reading his books, you may learn a lot. No one has ever said any statements in his books were not correct.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • djanes

      EPO was popular with cyclists (and other endurance atheletes) because it was very difficult to detect....impossible after a relatively short period of time. Thats why they never got caught. They all used it like crazy in the late '90's and the drug controls got better as time went on. Now they can detect it a little better....but it's still not perfect. They can still slip by the controls. By the time a fool proof test gets here there will be a new undetectable wonder drug. Some believe that late in Armstrongs career he got his hands on a new blood booster that nobody else was using that was impossible to detect because there was no test for it.

      He was using.....just like everyone else. I was a fan. I still am to a certain extent....but it's only because I know that he wasn't riding at any disadvantage to anyone else in the peloton. He was still the best of the best.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexasCentrist

      Maybe so, but were they tested throughout the year, in season and out of season, so many times, over such a long period of time?

      May 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. That's Right

    Until I see a test that marks him positive...he's innocent. Quit hating.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sblount63

      I agree 100%!!!

      May 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. erich2112x

    If all of the cyclists are doped, which they are, then the playing field was still even and he still won Sad fact.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Schweitzer

    Grow up peeps. Everyone doped in racing during the Armstrong years. Everybody. It was the nature of the sport. Either you doped or you couldn't compete. I believe the Number 2 TdF cyclist, Jan Ulrich (sp?) already admitted to doping.

    About the only cyclist that was clean was Greg Lemond. Once drugs kicked in even he couldn't compete. Before Lemond you had Merckx. Designer drugs were available in Merckx day - so he might be a bit cleaner than most.

    Today? They still dope.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexasCentrist

      I don't understand your rationale. Lemond was clean? How would you know? You said designer drugs were available in Merckx's day, which predates Lemond. Looks like a dual standard to me. Drugs were available to Lemond but he was clean. Lance is not because all cyclists use PED's. Both remarks based on no real evidence.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • marco60

      Lemond had a recorded VO2 max that was beyond human. It dwarfed Armstrong's. Funnything happened in the late 90's. Riders Lemond easily dominated started torching him. Within a few years he could barely finish in the pack. What changed? EPO. Not just in cycling, but every other cardio endurance sport. The EPO era finished Lemond. Your either doped or retired.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NoodleHat

    Bananas are falling out of my anus.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Betty

    I don't think he is guilty, but he sure does represent a lot of pharmaceutical companies on his commercials. That really can't help.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sblount63

      He represents the pharmaceutical companies due to his battle with cancer.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. brian

    It is just hard to believe that the only person who isnt doing it is beating all of the other ones who have been caught. How is a "natural" athlete able to have such dominance over everyone who is testing positive? Is he really that supernatural?

    May 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BillyBob117

    Who really cares--

    May 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    From the comments on this board, I guess "innocent until proven guilty" just does not mean much anymore.

    Hey, I think he is an arrogant jerk (many top athletes are) but how can he pass hundreds of doping tests and still be "guilty" of doping?

    May 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • erich2112x

      Innocent util proven guilty is for the judicial courts. The court of public opinion is a whole different animal. OJ Simpson, (bad example, i know), was deemed innocent i a court of law.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • seeabell

      Eyewitnesses are evidence, and Tyler Hamilton is the THIRD teammate to come forward and say that not only did they dope, but so did Lance. The other two were Floyd Landis and Frankie Andreu, in case you want to look that up.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alan

    Drugs or no drugs the fact remains, Lance Armstrong is the only person I know of who could win the Tour de France 7 times in a row after beating cancer. I dont advocate the use of any kind of performance enhancing drugs in any sport, but the fact remains, 7 is 7, cancer or not,, he is the only one to accomplish this, the rest are all haters. Vive le Lance!

    May 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. E. Preston

    Lance was fighting cancer at one point. Is it possible that the drugs he took, if any, were needed for that purpose? I just do not believe he would lie about this.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EACH1

    ....and to THIS day, marion jones has NEVER failed a drug test; there is no record of a failed drug test ANYWHERE so what's your point lance?! just because you were NEVER caught doesn't mean you didn't do it.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • geoz

      It doesn't .. you are right. But, what else can he point to. I mean, imagine that he really didn't ever do it. What else can he say?

      May 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    The sad part is that Armstrong continues to lie about his doping. He's a very dishonorable person as he has proved by how he vindictively and selfishly runs his personal life. He is not a hero. He is the cylcing equivalent to Barry Bonds.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      No, you're not a hero. who the hell are you to judge. keep you rocks in your pocket.

      May 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tony Jeffries

    Occam's Razor: the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one (I know OR is deeper than that) Is it easier to believe he was a freak of nature that elite cyclist (some admittedly on steroids) couldn't catch for 7 years or that he did what everyone else was doing (doping) at an elite level?

    May 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. veetkoosh

    Any chance someone in France paid Hamilton to make these claims in retribution for America's treatment of the former IMF chief?

    May 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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