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. Ron in NC

    "Never failed a drug test' is technically a true statement. But he has failed at least two "A" tests (and I believe more) only to successfully challenge the procedure in order to obviate the "B" test. The French have had a mad on for years re. Armstrong, because of exactly one such case, in which, to their minds, he just brought in the pinstripe suits and walked after having tested positive. In fact, that's why all this is coming out now.

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

      Its called a masking agent, someone in the state of Texa*s gave it to him. That's why this arrogant cheater 'passed' those tests.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bill

    Okay, if everybody's using then the playing field is leveled and Armstrong is still the best. However, I do find him arrogant and grating.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. trashlady

    let's see how the government treats this white boy for susing steroids. ....or is the goal to only bring downt the the
    black athletes.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      "let's see how the government treats this white boy for susing steroids."
      -

      Probably the same as they treated Marc McGuire, or Roger Clemens.

      Sammy Sosa could also be counted as white, depending on what day it is.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • white boy

      Thanks bob

      May 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhiteBoy

      Had to inject race into it, didn't you? Nicely played. Nicely played.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    Sports are entertainment ,nothing more. What does it matter if he did or didn't. Who cares, why is it a legal thing? Is he a politician? Rock stars are entertainers, why don't we worry about what they put into their veins. Oh , excuse me, we do. We just get that information on ET!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. trashlady

    let's see how the government treats this white boy for using steroids. ....or is the goal to only bring downt the the
    black athletes.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • white boy

      Your name says it all black lady

      May 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhiteBoy

      You can use "white boy" with impunity...gotta' love taking advantage of the double standard.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. trashlady

    corrections.
    let's see how the government treats this white boy for using steroids. ....or is the goal to only bring down the
    black athletes.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhiteBoy

      Keep talking trashlady....white boy....white boy....white boy...

      May 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. brad

    Tyler Hamilton? nuff said.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. white boy

    I like how its ok to say white boy. What if I said let's see what they do to this black boy? Idiot.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tex

    It's a PUBLIC SECRET that Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs. Everybody knows, few talk about it. It's sad and pathetic that while other previous winners of Tour de France from around the world have stepped up and admitted that they cheated, Armstrong does not have the balls to do so. It would hurt his image ("Image?" you say) and his charity. Livestrong! (if fraudulently) Hope he's ashamed of himself.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • IggyWolf

      No he doesn't have the balls... remember back in '96 when he had stage three testicular cancer?

      May 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironic

      you're right, he doesn't have the balls to do it. he lost one to cancer.

      but he also hasn't failed any tests, by definition of the rules.

      has he failed a test? yes, but it was overturned by the other sample. the same way the there can be false positives for any other test. this is why two samples are taken and these are the rules in place.

      nobody will ever be able to prove anything regarding armstrong's possible steroid use. why do people even bother when he's technically clean?

      May 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank Castle

    yo ! TRASHLADY, BILL & BOB...THE THREE OF YOU ARE WHY WE HAVE DUCT TAPE...SOMEONE SHOULD WRAP YOUR HANDS UP AND BLIND FOLD ALL OF YOU....THIS WAY THE REST OF US OUT HERE DON'T HAVE TO READ YOUR NONSENSE. BETTER YET WHY DON'T THE THREE OF YOU GO HIKING SOMEWHERE NEAR THAT IMAGINARY BORDER IN IRAN.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NotInDenial

    This whole thing reminds me of the Dave Chapelle skit where he's defending Michael Jackson and R Kelly. Doesn't matter how much evidence presented to him he still doesn't believe that R Kelly is guilty.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank Castle

    YO ! TEX...IT'S A PUBLIC SECRET ? REALLY....THE GREATEST ATHLETE OF YOUR GENERATION AND PROBABLY THE NEXT BECAUSE HIS TRIUMPHS WON'T BE MATHCHED ANYTIME SOON....YOU TALK ABOUT BALLS ! LANCE WENT UNDER THE THE LANCE WINGNUT...DUH !

    May 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andy

    its all jalousie because he is a winner.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. teresa Lazenby

    Why is it that absolutely any jealous person can come forward and say whatevever they want and people believe them?
    The drug test is the truth. Until we are told by the reputable person that Lance Armstrong is positive for any banned substance, he is innocent.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank Castle

    YO ! HERE'S A THOUGHT...ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A GRIPE WITH LANCE WINNING AND WINNING AND WINNING ARE ALOT LIKE THOSE PEOPLE WHO DIAL 911 AND REPORT UFO'S. THEY REALLY BELIEVE , THEY TRUELY BELIEVE THEY SAW UFO'S . THEY WILL STAND IN YOUR FACE AND SWEAR UP AND DOWN GET RED FACED POP A VEIN OR TWO...BUT IN THE END THEY THINK THEY SAW A UFO BUT BUT BUT WAIT FOR IT WAIT FOR IT ..HELL YOU CAN WAIT TILL TRASHLADY, BILL AND BOB FIGURE OUT HOW TO SCREW A LIGHTBULB IN OR YOU CAN JUST SIT BACK PUT EVERY ONE OF LANCES WIN S IN YOUR TV AND ENJOY THE BEST THAT YOU HAVE EVER SEEN.. .. .

    May 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
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