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. ray

    who cares? An American won!!! hah 😛

    May 21, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • BINLADENSLEFTEYE

      winning is most important no matter the means.
      it's inherent

      May 21, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Why come forward now with this information? Is Hamilton that hard up for money?

      May 21, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. DrPete

    At this point it's a fair statement that anyone who believes Lance was clean doesn't know enough about professional cycling. Note that he always says "I never tested positive..." Neither did several pro cyclists who admitted to doping. The whole sport is a sham.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Tacknuts

      How is it a sham? You can ride a bike up and down mountains for a month straight? They were all doing it. Who cares. It is an amazing sport. Live free!

      May 21, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. qwerty

    Some people will just never believe. Lance, keep strong man! Truly an American hero!

    May 21, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Yeah right up there with Mike Tyson and Pete Rose

      May 21, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kim

    That guy is just a HATER!!

    May 21, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Who really cares if he did or didn't?

    May 21, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      The thousands of people who have sent money to his charity believing that he was racing clean.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      The same people who criticized Berry Bonds that's who?

      May 21, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Aezel

    I can't say for certain he did, but my reasoning skills lead me to believe personally that he did dope up. Performance enhancing drugs are rampant in cycling. The possibility of a person who is not using beating a field of hundreds of other cyclists who ARE doped up is very, very small. There certainly are people who's bodies have a unique chemistry which allows them to avoid acid build-up in muscles in a natural way, allowing for long distance endurance. However even this would most likely not be sufficient against what drugs can provide.

    I imagine all of this will be pointless in our world soon. For example right now there is a company designing an artificial blood cell that would allow people to carry incredible oxygen loads in their bloodstream. As the human race starts to safely enhance itself, are we going to demand that athletes remain natural? Who would watch a bunch of athletes compete to win a race while recording times that could be beat by any "Joe" on the streets who has artificial cells?

    May 21, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. GaryNH

    Hamilton was always in the shadow Armstrong, I guess he's just looking for his time in the limelight. Lying about someone else is truly a sad, pathetic way to get your name known. I guess he's following the old french saying; "If you can't look goood, make someone else look bad."

    May 21, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. JustWade

    I'm mad that the U.S. government is spending tax payer dollars on this goose chase years later. Whether or not he doped is almost irrelevant. The fact is most of the best cyclists were doping so it would not have given Lance an unfair advantage. It is a shame that there are some cyclists who do not dope and therefore their careers never reach full fruition but the reality is Lance has done a lot for our society. He is an american hero and has helped the cause of fighting cancer immensely. Who cares if he doped? Let it be. Work towards making cycling a more fair sport but don't keep digging up skeletons. I don't think it serves any real purpose. It is just a waste of time and money.

    May 21, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Why dont they pass a rule if you see a violation you have 24 hrs to report it or you are just as guilty of the offence as the person doing it. Then this wouldn't happen years later and the test could be done right then and be more beleivable.

      August 7, 2012 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Name*Bucktooth

    People most people don't want you to get ahead! I hope Lance didn't take anything!

    May 21, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kyle

    It's interesting that all these other riders who are testifying before the grand jury are now admitting the truth. The sport was likely the "dirtiest" when it comes to PED's and my guess is every elite racer in the past used something....for the good of the sport and out of respect for the future of the sport, it's time for Lance to come clean. He looks stupid saying they are all lying....only I'm telling the truth! Take the Roger Clements approach and you will likely have the same fate....an eventual jail cell

    May 21, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Geoff R

    Every time a cheater gets caught he or she points a finger at non-cheater Lance Armstrong hoping to put the spotlight on him instead.

    Lance was tested 100s of times – no positive results unlike cheaters like Hamilton who now have zero credibility.

    May 21, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Actually he has several positive results from his tests. Having a positive result and not failing a doping test are two different things. Bjarne Riis also had no faikled test results as did Eriik Zabel, David Miller, Richard Virenque and a host of other riders who have all admitted that they doped. Oh and now George Hincapie has reportedly testified that he and Lance both doped.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. VA_Jill

    It's all "he said, he said." You can SAY anything, but if you can't prove it, that's all it is.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. nicole

    This country is a very fickle place. Why is it NOT ok for Berry Bonds to use ok for Lance Armstrong, I'm just asking????

    May 21, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      uhhh, because he didn't fail a single test. a tattle tale loser vs. credible scientific drug tests..

      the winner is? the credible scientific drug tests.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. J

    Seems fishy that he's only coming out now and pointing the finger at Lance.. It seems more human-like to take down the others who were doping at the time to take the light off of your own character. Seems even more fishy that it's happening at the exact time he's trying to get a publication some attention. Just goes to show that cheaters never prosper.

    I've heard even under lab tests Lance had an amazing lung system which attributed to his success. The guy was a good cyclist, never failed a test. Get over it.

    May 21, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You need to educate yourself. Do some web searching on drug use within pro cycling, and the techniques used to mask it. Pay special attention to the federal grand jury results when they come out. You're going to look deservedly stupid.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kathy CA

    WHO CARES IF ARMSTRONG WAS TAKING

    BACK OFF HAMILTON

    May 21, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The race organizers care, the team sponsors care, and the various governments care. If you weren't so clueless, you'd know that Hamilton's accusations have nothing to do with Hamilton. It has everything to do with the current federal grand jury investigation into Lance's doping, and Hamilton isn't the only one who has been called to testify. Floyd Landis and Frankie Andreu (team mates of Lance for years) have previously testified under oath that they witnessed Lance taking drugs or blood doping, and just yesterday (in front of the grand jury) George Hincapie (Lance's long time team mate and arguably his best friend in cycling) testified that Lance doped. All of those guys kept quiet for years because literally everyone, they included, were doping and the money was just too big to walk away from. Hincapie and Andreu never failed any tests either, although both have now admitted doping.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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