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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. Katie

    Never having failed a drug test means nothing. If they didn't test for that particular drug or if results were explained some other way (Armstrong's having had testicular cancer and his subsequent hormone therapies, eg) it doesn't mean he was not doping, it just means he passed the drug test. Technically, it's a false negative.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JesusLizard

      ...and that's not to say he didn't chug some performance enhancing drugs after the test!

      May 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon M

      JesusLizard,

      How about learning some science before posting. You can't "chug" performance enhancing drugs... It's not a B12 vitamin. You have to take prolonged injections to see results.

      @Katie,

      So, since we don't need evidence to convict anyone anymore, I guess we can all start throwing wild accusations around. Quick, someone repeal all the libel and slander laws so we can randomly trash whoever we want!

      May 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • p

      Never having failed a drug test means EVERYTHING.
      There is either proof, or there is not.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      There was no test for EPO until 2000. He's accused of using that blood doping drug for the 1999 race. So, yes, "no failed tests" means nothing .

      May 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Sooo – um how do you explain all the drug tests after 2000 that he passed? Just a fluke I suppose. No proof is no proof. Leave him alone unless you have photos. 5 people could say they saw him inject – and unless one of them is his mother they are liars. Simple as that. Have you heard that people actually lie just to hear themselves talk? Oh – and to get paid. Silly girl

      May 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big John

    Armstrong is as guilty as his name is ironic (you see, his arms are actually quite weak).

    If Armstrong's integrity entered a limbo contest it'd wins hands down. How low can you go?

    May 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      When was the last time you won a championship Big Dick?

      May 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're dumb

      How do you know that allegation is true? Its perfectly plausible that someone is lying to ruin his reputation.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Juan Carlos Queipo

    If you did it, how come you got caught and he didn't ??

    I don't care if Armstrong did it or not, he was Negative, but you, You are still a RAT/LOSER!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @Guest: so it is. Mea culpa.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mac

    I raced amateur and professionally for over 20 years in America and Europe; I also had the pleasure – and honour – of
    competing in races where Greg Lemond participated. All I have to say is this: Greg Lemond – STILL the only American
    to win the Tour de France...without DRUGS!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      And we're supposed to believe you because you participated in the same sport? Hogwash.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. marco60

    This is Grad Jury from Hamilton, Landis, Andreu (and his wife). Only a matter of time before other are forced to testify under oath. If they lie to the Grand Jury they go to prison for a long time. The game is finally up for Armstrong. He too will be called before the Grad Jury. When he does, he will have to come "clean" and the game will be over.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lottie

      What is a grad jury? One mad up of matriculation seniors?

      May 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're dumb

      A grad jury determines whether or not you can graduate from hamburger college.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leephotography

    I like Lance he's a great guy. But the people who believe he never doped are the same people who believed in Santa Clause and the tooth fairy. Like I said, I like Lance he's a great guy.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon M

      Hi, my name is leephotography and I like to accuse people of serious offenses without evidence.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • p

      Prove it, then.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're dumb

      What evidence do you have? Just because drugs are the only way you could ever compete in lance's profession, doesn't mean all successful athletes are using drugs. Lance is a great guy, you're a worthless nobody.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Troy

    Seriously, nobody cared about cycling in this country before he won five in a row and now that hes done nobody cares again. He probably doped, but who cares? HE RIDES A BICYCLE!! Nobody cares. Maybe if he did some tricks while roiding up those steep hills we would care.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • LivingLegend

      Only in your small, self-created world is the statement "nobody cares" true. But feel free to stay there as long as you like

      May 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Turk

    Time will tell one way or the other. Armstrong, if he has doped and if he is smart needs to admit so before he is found guilty of doping and lying under oath. On the other hand, if he has never doped, he is doing the right thing by hanging tough and sticking with his truth.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sallie

    The fact that Lance Armstrong came back to the Tour at what, age 38?, and came in third, without any accusation of doping in that Tour, is proof that the man could easily have won seven Tours when he was younger.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jet

    the entire sports world is steroid and drug infested. That is why I do not consider myself a fan any longer. Baseball, forget about it, NBA, gang tatoos, forget it, football, 300 pound gorillas lining up against each other, forget it. I will take chess any day!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah

      I stick to NHL. Best sport in the world

      May 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeremey

    Does there really need to be a Grand Jury on this? Why do people feel that the law has to get involved in a matter that should be and was handled by whatever the cycling commission is. Who is the plaintif here? Don't even try to tell me the People, because this should not be a criminal leagal issue. At best, it should be a civil legal issue if any of the other guys he competes against wanted to callange him in court. We have had enough hearings by our government on sports. The only time the legal system shoud get involved in sports is if there is evidence that someone is involved in some kind of racket that has to do with gambling. Other than that, the government needs to shut up and stay out of it. It is the same thing that happened with baseball. That was not an issue for Congress to handle, it was an issue for MLB to handle. These sports are governed by PRIVATE companies. Governments need to stop wasting time on whether or not Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds or Roger Clemmens took PEDs. It is out of their relm of jurisdiction.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. adam

    I'm too lazy for this sport and the army, specifically the seals, I like to watch family guy on TV. is there any drug that can boost me.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah

      yes it's called weed 😉

      May 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jet

    As to Lance Armstrong, considering he competed against the worlds best, who all used doping, etc. even if he did dope, he was the worlds best climber and blew the field away. Drugs alone do not win championships, he is a special athlete, drugs aside. The entire Tour de France did drugs, so what, just another tainted sport, that's all. Name a champion, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, the entire NFL, NBA and Hockey, they all do drugs, as you do not get that big without some help. Lifting weights do not make you look like that phoney home run champ that looks like a deformed martian, Mark Mcguire, he was grotest to look at with all the pimpled neck muscles, what a disgrace! the sports world is fake, like wrestling, the only pure sport is auto racing, since you cant be high and drive 200 mph around a track

    May 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kraas

    haters gonna hate, cyclists gonna cycle.

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