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. Hector Rodriguez

    No one seems to understand that the dopers have always been a step ahead of the testers. In other words, there are numerous agents that could not be tested. Machiavelli described the mind set in 'The Prince' published in 1532

    May 20, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    The problem is not the use of drugs: it's the goodie-goodie mentality of those who want to convince themselves that their heroes would never do anything "wrong" or against the rules.
    Sweet goodness (perhaps mystically inspired) doesn't win races. Tough, smart, total commitment to Winning does.
    PR comes after winning.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Tyler who??

    May 20, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    I could post a fake Web site that refutes anything I ever did in my life, too. I could name it 'Facts4Mike.com'

    I rest my case.

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

      And I could acuse you of being a heroine addict; how could you defend yourself?

      May 20, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Ant

      Why, who cares about a nobody?

      May 20, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Another Mike

      And if you accuse him of being a heroin addict, it won't matter because no one will care, just like no one should care about athletes breaking the rules of their sport. It's just a sport, get over it.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Juls

      @AnotherMike it is not the "defrauding their sport" we care about. It is the "defrauding the federal government" we caer about.
      He won't serve time for doping to win a bike race. But, he will serve time for bullying witness, money laundering, bribing race officials and the governing body, selling TREK bike on eBay that were given to the team by the sponsor to purchase drugs for the team, systematic doping on a tea, etc...

      May 20, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. mattmchugh

    Is he sure it wasn't a chemo injection?

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

    I've followed pro cycling for almost two decades, and the sport was (and to some extent still is) loaded with dopers trying to gain an edge. There are huge bucks involved at the elite level. EVERYONE who follows the sport closely has known that Lance was doing something ... and several of his team mates (including guys like Frankie Andreu that had nothing to gain by it and everything to lose) have since stated that Lance was dirty. It's a sport where nobody talks (at least until they get caught like Hamilton, Landis, etc) because everyone is doing it, but you can't deny the facts when you see police raiding team hotel during several the larger tours year after year and carrying off large garbage sacks of needles, bags, and vials. You folks who are writing all these nice, supporting forum posts are going to be in for such a shock, just like all the misguided folks who contributed money to Tyler Hamilton's "I believe in Tyler" legal campaign right up until he finally admitted he was dirty. And this news item is entirely appropriate since Lance is under a major U.S. grand jury investigation that has been going on for months. Do yourself a favor and research Velonews articles over the last fifteen years and get a clue.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Whether he did it or not, it's just a sport, watch it and enjoy it, but remember, it's just a sport, no better than any other reality tv show. We don't to waste governments' time and money investigating rule violations.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Well said thank you Mike.

      May 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rach

    I honestly wuldnt say one way or the other! I do know that he is my cousin, but hes a reall jerk! And thats putting it nicely!

    May 20, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. don

    Joe and mattmchugh: Good posts in both respects.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank - (R-Ohio)

    Yes. I seen mommy kissing Santa Clause. 😉

    May 20, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Dave, Velonews cites sources like the liar Floyd Landis. Nuff said.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. crabby

    what a creep. Even if it was true why bring everybody down with you. If you got caught, suck it up.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Do a little research on Tyler Hamilton and see just how many years he denied taking drugs and how much money he sucked out of fans who believed him. He has now been banned for like from pro cycling and has nothing more to lose, and I assume he's a participant in the U.S grand jury that is currently investigating lance for doping and fraud. Lance has a decent chance of ending up in jail someday, since during all of those years he was part owner of the U.S. Postal team he was doping and getting payments (team budget of millions of dollars) from the U.S. government. Trust me ... this is going to end very ugly.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Another Mike

      I guess that would be a lesson to sports fans not to waste their time and money idolizing sports figures. It's no different than reality TV anymore.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Charley B

    Driving force behind the anit-doping laws are gamblers who cannot accurately predict how an athlete will respond to a particular protocol and therefore cannot set betting margins. The reality is that the drugs work and will be used. Spending multi-millions trying to regulate them is a waste of time and resources.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Christopher

    NOT CREDIBLE! If the guy had immediately said this after he saw Armstrong do it and he had TESTED POSITIVE, I would believe him. Since he didn't and lance didn't, I am seriously skeptical.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Clearly you don't follow pro cycling. Almost everyone was doping (for decades), and anyone who spoke out against it became a pariah. Tyler Hamilton himself was a big doper at the same time Lance was, got caught at least twice, and vehemently denied it right up until he was banned for life from the sport. Same with Floyd Landis, another team mate of Lance's. Frankie Andreu, Lance's sidekick for years, has also said he watched Lance dope up and admitted doing so himself even though Frankie never got caught and had everything to lose since he is a paid sports commentator now. Don't believe me? Do a little web searching on major web sites like Velonews, CNN, Wikipedia, etc ... it's all there. Use search strings "Tyler Hamilton" and 'I Believe in Tyler" for starters. You folks are in for such a surprise when the grand jury currently investigating Lance gets finished ...

      May 20, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. billy boy

    Cranky
    The testicle creates sperm only, not testosterone.

    Uh, what? Hope this was sarcasm.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hillbillynwv

    Back in the day, great athletes like Babe Ruth, were just boozers. Now, they'll all dopers.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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