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. Tcaros

    Lance Armstrong has a screw loose in his head. People like this want to win, addicted to win, nothing else matters in their bleak lives... not even truthfulness and honesty.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dixiesam

      Your parents must be cousins

      May 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. barbara451

    I don't trust Lance Armstrong. Just because he has figured out how not to get caught does not mean he has not done drugs. Why would so many people say he has done drugs? There is no reason to lie about it. Lance's assertion that the people who accuse him are disgruntled losers does not wash. No one does that in other sports, accuse the winner of doing drugs – only Lance Armstrong is accused.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Thanks for being part of the problem in america. He followed the rules and because some loser is jealous and is out of money he decided make false accusations? Yea way to go.. Can beat test results. Plus. Lance armstrong has a foundation to help fight cancer. Whats your problem.!!!YOur the problem

      May 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • derek99

      Actually barbara, basketball, baseball, football, wrestling, and the olympics all have history of doping finger pointing. The only reason you are hearing about Lance is because it is more recent. Or did you miss that big can of worms a few years ago called Major League Baseball? I think it is interesting that someone points a finger and suddenly we all seem to be experts on the matter. I'm not saying your opinion doesn't matter, but I think assumption could take a back seat to observation. If he doped, he'll probably get caught, if he didn't, all the better. All the hand-wringing really doesn't help until all the facts are in.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Foster

      Nobody does that in other sports???? Are you kidding? Where have you been living the last ten years? Ever heard of baseball? Barry Bonds? Mark McGwire? Boxing? Manny Pacquiao? Floyd Mayweather? You are an uninformed moron.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • decora

      i don't believe anything floyd landis says without corroboration. he not only lied, he took alot of money from people to support his 'defense fund' even while he was lying. it will take a lot of work to overcome that from him.

      but hamilton and hincapie, yeah. i am beginning to doubt my man lance.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LMNOP

    This is like one of Wilt Chamberlain's teammates claiming they saw him score a bunch of chicks. No kidding.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Foster

      Actually it's not even remotely like that. Wilt Chamberlain admitted scoring lots of chicks...even wrote a book about it. Lance Armstrong has denied using PDAs. Your analogy sucks.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. erduck

    Some people just don't know how to stay out of the spotlight after they are all washed up. You alredy made enough money off of biking so just shut up and live with what you have, you have more than enough to get by.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tbone

    Lance is CLEAN! There is NO proof that he has taken performance enhancing drugs. This guy is one of the best athletes of all time. Period.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      It's pretty obvious to anyone who has followed pro cycling for any length of time that Lance, like everyone else, was doping. Do some web searching and educate yourself. Start here ... http://tinyurl.com/3rrtkuu I was always a big fan of Lance, but now I'm even reasonably convinced that his own cancer was caused by testosterone use early in his career ... one of the know side effects is testicular cancer. In any case, the current grand jury investigation (check that link I posted above) is likely to get to the bottom of all of this. The feds are after him not only for doping but also because he accepted millions of dollars in sponsorship money from U.S. taxpayers while he was part owner of the U.S. Postal professional cycling team ... they're likely to nail him for criminal fraud. When all of that comes down you're going to feel justifiably stupid.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Weis

      @Dave: you're kind of dumb aren't you? If Lance Armstrong was taking testosterone he'd be a lot bigger, have tons of hair all over his body, have a deep voice, and be ripped out of his mind.

      EPO possibly, but I can guarantee as someone who has taken testosterone shots personally that there is no way in hell Lance Armstrong has used testosterone.

      And for the record, almost ALL cases of testicular cancer show up in people with too low of testosterone, not the other way around. You should do your own research before you throw wild accusations all over the place.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Weis

      And by the way Dave, testosterone injections naturally increase testosterone levels in the body. It's literally the easiest form of doping to discover. If you take testosterone at ANY cycle (be it a short 3 week or a long 14 week cycle) your testosterone levels increase substantially and do not come back to normal levels for sometimes up to 7 months later. A simple blood test would show his testosterone levels way above that of a normal person and he'd be busted in no time. But that hasn't happened, so you're basically saying his body somehow reacts differently to testosterone (a natural part of our bodies) differently than any other human on the planet? Makes sense.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Mike, there are various ways to use testosterone. Cyclists typically don't use it to bulk up ... they use it to repair muscle tissue faster after heavy training. In the early part of his career Lance was a sprinter and needed LOTS of power. He was indeed heavier then, and also pretty aggressive ... almost obnoxiously so. And when he was likely taking testosterone they weren't testing for it. Lance later was accused of taking EPO, and they didn't have a test for that either, other than simply looking for a wildly unnatural hemocrit level. Once they developed an acceptable test for EPO itself, Lance reputedly switched to blood doping (check out Frankie Andreu testimony) ... which until very recently was undetectable if you used your own blood. Regarding the possible impact of testosterone use on testicular tumors, check out

      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/testosterone-side-effects.html

      and educate yourself.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. 9mil

    crybaby

    May 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mainemike68

    Who cares what these guys do to their own bodies? They all know the risks associated with doping and apparently decided that the rewards were worth the risks. Furthermore, it seems that the all were doing it so doesn't that level the playing field anyways?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • derek99

      The only thing I can think of that is worth noting, is that it sets a bad president for our children. Who wants their kid to shoot up because some famous athlete did it? Where do you draw the line in sports? Pro doping only? College? High School? PeeWee football players need to start lining up for their anabolic steroid shots next, right? There is a lot more to consider than "their own bodies".

      May 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Foster

      If one person uses PDAs it forces everyone to use them in order to compete. We do not want to require athletes to use drugs. Is it really that difficult to grasp?

      May 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MDB

    There is one horrible inaccuracy in this article.
    Lance Armstrong has never claimed that he did not use performance enhancing drugs. What he repeats endlessly are two things:
    1) I am the most tested athlete in history
    2) I have never failed a drug test
    Neither of these is the same as saying "I have never used performance enhancing drugs".
    As countless athletes have testified over the years it is just not very hard to beat the drug tests if you know what you're doing.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackzola

      You are mistaken – he has said several times that he never doped, took performance enhncing drugs,etc (google him on Larry King; google Tour de France and Paul Kimmage, for examples.).

      May 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EIS68

    Much bigger news: According to ESPN, George Hincapie, Lance's long-time friend, teammate, and "brother" (Lance's words) testified to a grand jury that he doped and that he witnessed Lance doping on many occasions. Game over.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wjeri

    Darn right he doped. He did and he should give up his winnings.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Northern2011

    The dude rides a bike, who cares ?

    May 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jdoe

    Big deal. This guy said they doped because they were being passed by "200 riders" who doped. That means A LOT of riders doped. That means whoever wins most likely doped. And that means it's an even playing field. Even if Armstrong doped, he was still the champion.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Keirson

    Question...if Mr. Lance Armstrong were to eventually admit to his guilt for taking EPO and other banned substances, would you continue to support The Livestrong Foundation? This situation is a catch 22 because his foundation has made such a profound mark on cancer research that many pharmaceutical companies and other major corporate sponsors have supported his cause with none backing down. Could these pharmaceutical companies be a step ahead of the game and have already developed tests that, without fail, always give Mr. Armstrong a negative result? Anything is possible and the think about the power of the pharmaceutical companies and their abilities to sway the American public with their research (i.e. children should be vaccinated at least 30 times by the time they reach age 5!).

    May 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim34

    Can't they come up with better drug testing so they can catch the cheaters?

    May 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Reason is wisdom.

    Truthfuly, there are far more important news to broadcast than a cyclist being accused of drug use. If Lance dopped or is dopping, he, along with every other peer–should be held accountable for their actions. Without favoritasims or excuses.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
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