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. Holy Carp

    Gee... after years of stating they never doped he now reverses his story just as he is working on a million dollar book deal.

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

    IS this guy so desperate for money that he's willing to lie like this? Sounds like he learned from Bush.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • meltdownman

      You mean President Clinton

      May 21, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Karl R

      Is Hincapie also lying? Why? What have all these teammates and friends have against Armstrong? Is it a conspiracy of epic proportions?

      Let's face it, every single rider in top echelons used drugs. No ifs and buts.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. peachygrl

    In the absence of real proof (DNA of discarded needles or other paraphenalia), video or a failed drug test...how does Armstrong proves his innocence or those who accuse him prove his guilt? It boils down to their word against his. We will NEVER know. We can speculate and form opinion, but in the absence of real evidence....it's just that: subjective opinion. I had a co worker tell my boss that I used crack cocaine. I rushed over to a lab to have my samples drawn and passed of course, but the accusation has been made and there are those out there I'm sure that still doubt...especially those that do not like me. All it takes is an accusation.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Actually we will know, at least from a legal standpoint, once the grand jury currently investigating Lance decides what to do. It's not looking good for him, though ... there are at least five former team mates who have implicated him in doping violations spanning his entire career.

      May 21, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      So Dave, at best they have the word of those already admitting or caught – not the must trustworthy sources. Or these people are lying for their own reasons. An indictment is not proof of guilt.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Gary, you need to do some searching on pro cycling and see just how many top level cyclists have gotten caught doping. Believe it or not, it involves almost ALL of them, and these are the people that Lance was trouncing by monumental time differences year after year. These allegations aren't just coming up now ... they've been out there for years and it is only just now that the feds are going after Lance, just like they did with Clemens and Bonds. Believe what you want, but you're really naive if you think Lance isn't going to get nailed. Two of the guys who have testified against Lance (Andreu and Hincapie) absolutely didn't want to until forced to do so under oath, and for the record they are two of the most highly respected racers in U.S. cycling history (look them up). The only reason they are testifying against Lance now is because they'd likely go to jail for perjury if they didn't. Remember Greg LeMond? He also says Lance was doping.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim C

    Jim, or perhaps they just decided to be honest about the truth that most everyone else believes about Armstrong's drugging.
    And what does bush have to do with any of this?

    May 21, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Bush is the epitome of lying, misleading and manipulating information on a grand scale......understand now?

      May 21, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Brenda

    I am not doubting his veracity, but I really wonder why a "teammate" would decide now to report the offense. If he was so disturbed at the sight, why not report immediately? And, since he did not report immediately, exactly what is his move to reporting just now? Odd, eh?

    May 21, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Karl R

      Not odd at all. When you are in the thick of it, with having spent months and years for preparing for a race, your perspective is very narrow.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      It's not odd in the least, as you'd know if you had been following pro cycling for very long. Almost everybody was doping (for decades), and nobody wanted to risk their livelihood. Besides, anyone who did speak out back then (just a few years ago) became a pariah. During one race, Lance himself rather famously chased down a rider who had publicly accused him and others of doping and chewed him out ... cameras caught the entire thing. As far as why all of this is getting publicity right now, a federal grand jury is currently investigating Lance for doping and fraud (Lance was part owner of the U.S. Postal team that received millions of taxpayer dollars for sponsorship fees). Hamilton was interviewed by CBS, but Hincapie's comments were simply leaked by someone close to the investigation. In any case, the evidence is really stacking up against Lance and I won't be a bit surprised to see him get indicted. Check out velonews.com for more info if you don't believe me. A little bit of Google searching will show you even more background.

      May 21, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel

    It's a shame that people are still trying to take down Armstrong, even after he has retired. I would say that those who tested him during all of his races, would have said something if he were doping. But it certainly is easy to simply say that he did it, isn't it??

    May 21, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Karl R

      No it is not easy. The easy thing would be to say nothing at all.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Anyone who has followed pro cycling knows that the drug tests lagged the use of new drugs. For several years they didn't even have a test for EPO even though the authorities knew it was being used, and only recently have they begun to figure out ways to detect blood doping. The science of doping is amazing, with LOTS of money behind not only the creation of new drugs, but also masking agents to hide their use. Labs can only find the drugs they are testing for, and riders can only fail a test for a substance that was officially banned. The cheaters have simply always been one or more steps ahead of the catchers.

      May 21, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. hall of shame

    I was curious why Genentech but not Amgen sponsored his LiveStrong foundation. Maybe he used Genentech's human growth hormone as well as Amgen's EPO. Anyway, Amgen should be his sponsor, too.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. wini

    So if they are all taking drugs, including Armstrong, how is it they never won the tour de France? Because it takes more than drugs to win the Tour De France 7 times morons. I suppose Michael Jordan took drugs every time the Bulls won and Tiger Woods every time he played golf. Face it, there is only one Lance Armstrong.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      I think it's funny people feel the need to defend Lance. I mean he is an iconic figure, but the reality is these allegations are unprovable and maybe he did, maybe he didn't but he still kicked ass and that is a fact.

      May 21, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      The team was there to help Lance win. They weren't trying to win the race for themselves.

      May 21, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. JHaas

    So? Everyone was doing it. Doping didn't give a team an unfair advantage, it just allowed them to compete as equals. Athletes shouldn't be blamed for doing what they needed to do. The sport's ruling body should be blamed for having condone such practices for so long.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • rick

      Listen to the voice of reason; they were ALL doping so it was a level playing field for everyone. Advantage gone! I agree, JHaas

      May 21, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jimmy

    Brenda – "If he was so disturbed at the sight, why not report immediately? And, since he did not report immediately, exactly what is his move to reporting just now? Odd, eh?"

    Spot on! What an idiot this guy is.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • chaz

      as far as him reporting it now there is a federal and international investigation that has been going on for the last few months so that my be his prompt. was always a Armstrong fan but do not believe a word that comes out of his mouth. For George Hincappie, "his right hand soldier" to admit is the final straw.

      May 21, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Ignorant person, there is a federal grand jury investigation going on now, that's why. These other riders are being called under subpoena to testify, and none of them are going to lie under oath to protect Lance. Hamilton agreed to be interviewed by CBS, but Hincapie didn't ... his testimony was leaked somehow. Check velonews.com for some more accurate reporting of the mess. Andreu rode with Lance for over a decade and has also testified that Lance used drugs. Both Andreu and Hincapie have now admitted using drugs themselves, but unlike Landis and Hamilton they never failed any tests ... just like Lance. Lance is the Barry Bonds of cycling.

      May 21, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. marypeterson21

    who cares at this point. this is old news. armstrong has showed that he is simply another shallow celeb and no sports "hero". Just keep him away from racing. http://bit.ly/lDPCdH

    May 21, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dennis

    Too late.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Troy from S'port

    I saw Armstrong Lance Tyler Hamilton with is tube steak but I don't know nothing 'bout no dope.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. russ

    who cares

    May 21, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. kawicon

    """More washed-up cyclists talking trash for cash."""" Well said and who gives a damn now anyway? As many times as Lance has been tested some evidence of drug usage surely would have popped up along the way. Hell he couldn't buy off everyone.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
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