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. Richard K

    I am no expert but as far as I know, the only time Lance "failed" a test was when his b-sample was supposedly randomly selected to test a new detection method. That test was later found to be "inconsistent and unreliable" by the folks doing the testing and was rejected for use in the Olympic games. I do find it interesting that all of the admitted doper "witnesses" were caught by the same tests that Lance repeatedly passed. There is a reason that hearsay is not considered evidence. Right or wrong, we need to hold everyone to the same standard of proof no matter how many folks say they witnessed a crime. I would not be suprised to find that the Tour organizers and maybe even one of the newer, richer teams are involved in the allegations. They always seem to surface during race season.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Boscobear

    Trying to take some of the pressure off himself by implicating Armstrong who many want see destroyed. Hardly the person I'd want to believe-he probably gets a lighter sentence if he implicates Armstrong.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. ronald

    Lance? Isn't that the french braclet designer? why is he in a bike scandal?

    May 20, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. updike85

    well he only has one testicle, that's less testerone his body puts out, so maybe he should be allowed

    May 20, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Cranky

      The testicle creates sperm only, not testosterone.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      Testicular cancer is a symptom of steroid use. I'm just saying...

      May 20, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ajk

      cancer is not a symptom..... just saying

      May 21, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Captain Thunder

    Why havent the other riders backed Tylers comments? Would Lance really shoot up in front of others? Would you really leave an illegal drug on the shelf in the frig? Isnt Tyler's career way over and isnt he in need of money? Hasent Lance passed EVERY test he has ever taken? Give it a rest Tyler – you are the loser – not Lance!

    May 20, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Landis (caught doper) and Andreu (admitted doper but never caught) were also Lance's team mates, and both have repeatedly said they saw Lance dope.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Juls

      Several other former teammates have also come forward and stated they have seen Armstrong (and the USPS team) use PEDs, including blood transfusions. The most notable being Floyd Landis.

      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 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • LT1966

      Since Juls argument is drug tests given to the riders did not detect EPO; and thus Armstrong's had never failed a drug test, and now some of his former team mates are accusing him of using drugs; therefore, it must be true that he had used drugs to win all his seven tour de France. It is ridiculous to believe any of these people who come out years later without any evidence. We don’t know what their motives are? If I am following Jules logic, which is rooted in a lot of people who passed a drug test, however, had later on confessed for using the drugs; then, in that case we all should wait for Armstrong’s confession. In my book anybody who comes out and accuses him without any evidence has no credibility.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Caligula

    Complete Heresay and more so, sounds like the whining of an inferior athelete with a jealosy streak. Saying you saw something (especially when you are an exposed liar) does not equate evidence.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Slippery Pete

      Yeah, but he is not the only one. There are at least 3 teammates and a couple wives collaborating with investigators. Lance's house of cards is collapsing.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      So, basically, you're claiming hearsay without knowing what hearsay is, right? These are people who say the SAW Armstrong injecting himself with illegal drugs. That's not hearsay – which is essentially repeating something you were told. This is EYEWITNESS testimony – "I saw X do Y". How do you think people were convicted of crimes before forensics?

      Moreover, if someone says "Armstrong told me he did it," that's not inadmissible hearsay either, since it is an admission – a hearsay exception.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. AMP

    “IF” his allegations are true, he should have spoken out when it happened. Now, he is doing it for the free publicity he will get out of it. “IF” it did happen, he was as much of a cheater as the person doing the alleged doping. “IF” his allegations prove to be true, he should be punished for not turning in Armstrong when it was allegedly happening. As far as I’m concerned, they should just stop with the Witch Hunts.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Will Lance now be brought up before Congress?

    What a waste of time!

    May 20, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Not congress, but he's been under a grand jury investigation for months. Lance was part owner of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team when it was getting huge sponsorship money from U.S. taxpayers. If you followed pro cycling, you'd know that it is virtually a given that Lance was doping ... nobody beats everyone else who is doping without doping himself. Lance was almost certainly blood doping at the minimum later in his career (it was then impossible to catch), and he's been accused by several riders of using EPO earlier in his career before they had reliable means to detect it.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      And how much money is the govt going to waste on all this? Really is it that important? The whole of French cycling has been spending years trying to discredit him do we really need to do this too? I can't believe what we'll waste our money on. We want to get rid of govt waste? Why not start with axing 100k lawyers that work for them. That would save a bundle at $500 dollars an hour.

      May 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Slippery Pete

    You have NO CHANCE on the tour if you do not dope. No chance at all.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • stchuckguy

      I bet Carlos Sastre would disagree with you.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Slippery Pete

      I bet he wouldn't.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yo, stchuckguy, Sastre was caught doping, admitted it, and served a suspension for doping.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. ronald

    how would being on drugs help you bike? I can barely walk let alone bike race. Also this designer has not come out with anything new since the yellow rubber bracelet, I think he should focus on some new designs

    May 20, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Slippery Pete

      You take EPO, which increases your red blood cell count which means you can get more oxygen to your muscles and improves your endurance. It's also illegal in racing.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Or you blood dope, which involves extracting your own blood ahead of a race, running it through a centrifuge to increase the blood cell count, storing it, and then re-injecting it just before the race to give you a big boost in oxygen carrying ability. Or if you are a sprinter, you take illegal drugs to help you build muscle mass. Or riders take drugs during training (or during stage races) to recover more quickly. There are drugs whose sole purpose is to mask the use of other drugs, which is one reason why riders like Lance escaped detection for years. The science of illegal drugs is astounding in its scope and technology.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Darren

    Mr. Armstrong has been an inspiration to many and a sense of pride for America. I don't know if he did any illegal substances, but he has probably been tested more times than many of these other cyclists simply because he has competed for so long. The result of all of the tests seems to be negative. The real remaining question is why all the allegations against him seem to be coming from those that have recently been disgraced. What are their real motives? They are only disgracing themselves and the sport further.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. nicole

    another thing is, it may affect them, but you cannot take away their natural talent for the sport..the "drug" does not turn them into the best alone..i think it only makes them more able..alert etc..so while i understand it has to do with keeping it all self performance and keep the integrity fo the sport intact, safety, etc..ppl just cant say they were the best because of that...it is not a miracle drug..i could take all of those, and i know i will so not be no where near the best as this man..so while it should not be done and it takes away that true essence, people shouldn't give the drug so much credit for the outcome..there are many who take 'em, and are still not the best..sad for those who use it bc they risk themselves, and are being dishonest..

    May 20, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Slippery Pete

      These drugs are so widespread that taking them just levels the playing field. The best athlete still wins everytime.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • DontCareEitherWay

      ", people shouldn't give the drug so much credit for the outcome." Tell that to Carl Lewis after Ben Johnson blew by him in the 100M at the Olympics.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cricket

    @Slippery Pete:

    And you know this, how...?

    May 20, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Slippery Pete

      I know what?

      May 20, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. James

    The prevalence of doping in this sport is just way over the top. It's not even a generalization anymore when you say that everyone was doing it. TIme to move on with new ways of testing and such harsh punishments for getting caught as to be real deterrents.

    Do I believe Lance was a doper? Yes. But there have been no credible witnesses and he never failed any of hundreds of tests. Apparently these other cheaters are just bitter because Lance was a much better cheater then they were. Witch hunts are a waste of time and money. Drop it.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Frankie Andreu, one of the classiest guys in the sport and a long time team mate of Armstrong, has also testified under oath that he saw Lance take drugs. This is way beyond riders accusing Lance of doping for their own gain, though ... there is a grand jury investigation going on and Lance has a good chance of getting convicted for defrauding the U.S. Government, which was the sponsor of the U.S. Postal Service team for a few years while Lance was part owner of it.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. TiredOfOldNews

    slow day for "news"

    May 20, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
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