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. jerk

    Joggers give me the runs

    May 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      Lance says he never failed a dope test. He doesn't say he never used. Anyone who uses knows how to beat the test.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sue

    If they were injecting EPO, they must have really wanted to win, that stuff burns horribly. Used to have to take it....no thanks!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OpenUReyes

    This a classic case of a Texas sc***bag who gets away with cheating over and over again. Lance Armstrong is a cheater and the state of Texas backs his cheating 100%.

    I recall a news story a number of years ago, where a supplier to Lance Armstrong of P.E.D.'s
    was arrested by police then confessed to his criminal activity and was placed in solitary confinement immediately. He was never allowed to testify about his P.E.D. sales to Lance, the state of Texas protected Lance Armstrong once again.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BIG TEX

      Innocent until proven guilty..........Tyler Hamilton has been suspended twice from cycling for doping. Now are tax dollars are being wasted on a grand jury investigation.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aatami

    Hmmm.......testicle cancer, steroids........?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tanya

    I think it's ridiculous. I don't believe for a second that Lance was taking banned substances. The French were on him too bad for anything to get past them. I think Lance is a great athlete and role model. Everyone is just jealous of his success!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toljaso

      Never fear! Inspector Clouseau is on the case.

      May 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      So now that LA's CLOSEST friend has said he doped with Armstrong NOW what do you say?? Hincapie now says they doped together! Oh, and George has never failed a test either by the way!

      May 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Tanya, that's because you're either ignorant or delusional. There have been now at least four of Lance's closest friends (at least at one point) and team mates (for several years) who have publicly stated that they have first hand knowledge Lance was doping, and were in fact dopers themselves with him. Landis, Hamilton. Andreu, and Hincapie. Landis and Hamilton got caught, but Andreu and Hincapie never failed any test either and both of them raced professionally for as long as Lance did. The feds are actively collecting evidence for a grand jury investigation, which is one of the reasons you see all of this stuff coming out now. Nobody is going to lie to a grand jury to save Lance. Lance himself MIGHT decide to lie to the grand jury since his risk is already greater than the others ... Lance was part owner of the U.S. postal team while it was receiving millions of sponsorship dollars from U.S. taxpayers and the feds are going after Lance for criminal fraud. Don't believe me? Do a little internet searching yourself and you'll discover a long and pretty sordid story about doping in pro cycling in general, and Lance in particular. Lance is going down, and you're going to feel embarrassed and betrayed just like millions of other fans.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BILL SHERMAN

    Move on. Get a life. He is the greatest cyclist ever. Who cares. He is a great person. His work fighting Cancer and his personal fight against his cancer make him a hero in my eyes.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      completely agree

      May 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      No one says he hasn't done great things for cancer, I couldn't agree more. What everyone, even his best friend now, George Hincapie, is saying he doped. That is the issue, he's a cheater!!

      May 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Well, I used to think that Lance was a hero as well, at least of sorts ... by all accounts from other riders the guy was an arrogant jerk. But I found his fight against cancer to be truly inspirational and I was always impressed by that. I've followed professional cycling for about fifteen years, though, and for about the last half of that it was obvious to anyone serious about the sport that Lance was doping. Doping was pervasive throughout the sport and there is no way anyone wins by the kinds of margins Lance did if you're not doping as well ... the performance advantages from doping in an endurance sport like cycling are overwhelming. Lance pretty obviously used EPO before they came up with tests for it (everybody did), and he switched to blood doping afterward (which they also couldn't detect if you used your own blood). Lance has also been accused of using testosterone early in his career before they were testing for it, and that fits his reputation at the time ... overly aggressive, explosive physically. He was primarily a sprinter back then and only later switched to competing for overall categories (requiring endurance rather than brute strength) in stage races. Here's the kicker ... one of the known side effects of heavy testosterone use is testicular cancer. I've come to believe that the cancer Lance beat was caused by his own cheating. Ironic, huh? Pretty pathetic if so. The grand jury investigation into Lance isn't going to back off so it is likely everything is going to come out into the open eventually, one way or another.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Courtney Ward

    If Andre Agassi could get away with doping for so long whats different with Armstrong´s case?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juls

      Your are correct.

      How do you explain away the fact that George Hincapie – LAs best friend "like a brother" – confessed to the FDA that he and LA used to give each other EPO?

      Watch 60 mins this sunday night. 7pm EST

      May 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The feds are after Lance because he accepted millions of taxpayer dollars in the form of sponsorship fees for the U.S. Postal professional cycling team, of which Lance was part owner. There is an active grad jury investigation in process right now and they're probably going to nail him for criminal fraud. Some hero, huh? Even his cancer may have been inadvertently self-induced since Lance is widely believed within cycling ranks to have used testosterone early in his career, and one of the known side effects of that is testicular cancer.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barbin

    Armstrong and Hamilton had a falling out years ago. No love lost. Need anymore be said?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juls

      Your are correct.

      How do you explain away the fact that George Hincapie – LAs best friend "like a brother" – confessed to the FDA that he and LA used to give each other EPO?

      Watch 60 mins this sunday night. 7pm EST

      May 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Don H

    The so called friend is full of crap you can see in the interview his eyes went to the side when asked the question, people like that should be put in jail for lies like that it is a shame how so called friends do that to each other.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spendlove

      Where'd you learn your lie detecting technique.. in a movie? LOL

      May 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AC

    Cry wolf to sell your book. CBS keeping putting these money hungry guys in process.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    Who really cares? I ride and enjoy the sport, ever since the tour started they either drank, popped pill, doped or injected something. The tour is still one of the most grueling sporting event in the world. Each rider knows the risk of body damage and even in some death when taking anything to juice them up. Wither you like Armstrong or not he still won seven tours. If you strip him you must strip everyone else for they all juiced!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WhoCares this isnt the NFL or MLB

    This is a sport that most Americans don't really follow or care about. No one really cares if he did it or not, it won't affect those who like him (cyclists) and those who don't like him (European cyclists). This story will be on the back page once the next NFL labor talking point is.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kaci

    I'm curious. Has Mr. Armstrong sued any of these folks for libel? If they are indeed lying, then the lies should quickly stop once they are sued and he wins damages. Of course, if they are telling the truth, and do so under oath in a civil trial, Mr. Armstrong could be forced to be deposed or testify in court – I guess that would settle the matter unless someone has a "smoking gun."

    May 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Armstrong has several times been publicly accused by other riders of doping. He has never sued any of them, because to do so would subject him to jail time for perjury when he had to testify on his own behalf in court. It's not a money issue ... he has tons of it and riders like Hamilton and Landis (with much less money) tried going to court to save their names after getting caught by doping tests. Each eventually admitted their guilt, as will one day Armstrong. The problem for Armstrong is that the U.S. government has a grand jury investigation going on him, at least partly because they want to nail him for fraud for the years the team he rode for and partly owned (U.S. Postal) received millions of sponsorship dollars from American taxpayers. They know he doped and they aren't going to give up. Everyone who seriously followed pro cycling over the last 15 years knew Lance (as well as just about everyone else) was doping. I don't see any way Lance will get out of this mess cleanly .... it's just a matter of time.

      May 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holy Carp

      Libel cases are very expensive and rarely reach a judgement.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Terry P

    Why is he now, for the first time after all these years, coming out ?

    Smells like he needs $$$ and this is a way to get it!

    May 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      Today another one of LA's teammates said they doped together and this teammate has NEVER failed a doping test either!!

      May 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    My question is where is the integrity of all these people. If he saw Lance inject then, why didn't he say anything then. Implied, he was going along with the program, so why call out Lance now when it is all said and done.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      It's called being on the right side of history.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Because they were doping then as well, as was almost everyone else in pro cycling. If you don't believe me, do a little bit of web searching on Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton, and Frankie Andreu, and now even George Hincapie. None of them ever said anything back then because the dollars involved in the sport are huge (mostly in Europe), but all four have subsequently admitted to doping back then and all four have said they saw Lance do the same. Only Landis and Hamilton ever failed any tests, by the way, and Andreu and Hincapie have had careers spanning about fifteen years each ... most of them spent as team mates of Lance. I think a lot of this might be coming out now because a grand jury is currently investigating Lance for doping and possible fraud, and NOBODY is going to risk going to prison for perjury.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
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