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. gogolac

    every top athete dopes these days, but the smarter ones know how to pass the dope test.. ones who have good doctors.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dead Man Blogging

    Great. Remember back in 2008, when the economy was about to collapse? What was Congress doing? Right, they were investigating Major League Baseball. So, now we have another wild goose chase for them to go on, grandstanding for the cameras instead of doing their jobs.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stormy

    I thought they kept the blood specimen for several years just in case something like this came up later.Maybe that's just for the Olympics and World Cup though. Either way....if you can't prove something, you might as well just shut up because all this does is make you look silly.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • PeteMD

      They do keep samples, and tests have continued due to these allegations. And there have still not been any tests showing positive for these substances. A bunch of former team mates dissed by his success just trying to bring him down after their own demise!

      May 20, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      PeteMD, it's the grand jury investigation into Lance that's relevant, and most of these other riders have been under subpoena in the past.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    surely there are more important things to worry about than the drug habits of a retired athlete.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Erica Jones

    All I know is now that CBS has aired this without proof their Ratings are sure to go down hill from here haven't they learned yet they tend to do this with everyone these days I just thought it was a political thing they did for the Republicans to bash the Democrats but now its clear to say they just full of S#+: and need to back off

    May 20, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Track Botwin

    Prolonged steroid use often leads to testicular cancer.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dean

    Who cares?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    I'm not going to agree or disagree with the accusation that Lance Armstrong used performance enhancers. I will say this though... I watched this interview and every single time Hamilton was asked a direct question he looked hesitant and looked away from the interviewer. This is the same kind of behavior that comes from someone who is being untruthful. It was my opinion that Tyler Hamilton is looking to get in the spotlight and that will lead to future opportunities such as a book deal. I thought exactly that before even reading the suggestion in this article. Our society has become so involved in EVERYONE ELSES life because it has nothing better to do. Our great depression and addiction is using forums like this and twitter to escape ourselves and stay connected with absolute strangers. Innocent until proven guilty people! How can we have the America that we built without that? If we take that away from one person because of his status or wealth we risk taking it away from everyone just the same. Lance Armstrong is an amazing athlete who stood toe-to-toe with death and BEAT IT! His LiveStrong cause is a great one in raising awareness and funding for cancer survivors all over the globe. He has never tested positive for anything and until he does he should be treated with the credit and respect he deserves. It wasn't long ago when making an accusation like this without proof would land a credible reporter in hot water. Now 60 minutes is willing to put it on the line for Tyler Hamilton to get his 5 minutes of fame.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • TG

      I was thinking the EXACT same thing when I watched it too.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Believe what you want for now, but you will believe something else when the grand jury investigation into Lance decides to take him to trial.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob Dog

    Its super to see Armstrong flap around like a fish dying in the hot sun on a boat dock. He absolutely took drugs, and his stupid denials explain why he is such a pariah around sporting circles.

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

    Wouldn't it be nice if there was an athletic superstar who really was an athletic superstar? I sure hope he never used performance enhancing drugs...

    May 20, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ellis from Panama

    I care dodo

    May 20, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Anyone with a brain who follows cycling has known of Armstrong's illegal drug use for years. This is nothing new. Lance should never have been allowed to compete. He has an enlarged heart that gives him an unfair advantage. He's a freak of nature and should have been limited to competing in the Special Olympics with others like him.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • smiley

      ...uh, "Joe," are you saying that people who participate in the Special Olympics are "freaks of nature?" How unkind can you possiblly be? I sure wish you could stand in the shoes of a Special Olympian or one of their family members or friends. Comments like that, regardless of your opinion about Armstrong (or anyone else, for that matter), are simply uncalled for. SHAME ON YOU!

      May 20, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • R

      That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Should Yao Ming have been banned from playing in the NBA because he is too tall. Willy Shoemaker banned from horse racing because he was too small. Idiot doesn't even describe your comment. I'm an idiot for wasting my time typing this!

      May 20, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. JR

    Why is this now news? Hamilton launched these same accusations years ago and nothing ever came of it. He has no proof. He's spreading the same lies to anyone that will listen over and over again. I wish the media would stop rehashing this story unless they have new evidence.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Do a web search for "Lance Armstrong" and "grand Jury" and you'll see why it is newsworthy. You guys are so clueless ....

      May 20, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. nosmoking

    Armstrong has his followers drinking Kool Aid – how many more of his former team members and friends need to come out and confirm that he's a cheat just like the rest of them? The guy is a bum and a liar – its all about Lance – he's possibly the most sefl absorbed athlete of all-time – just look at his personal life – one failed marriage, one broken-off engagement, numerous accusations of infidelity, 2 kids out of wedlock, etc.... The guy is a joke. Yeah, he survived cancer – so did my mother and she's not a cheat. Maybe the Armstrong cultist should start kissing her ass instead.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. RinMaine

    Most people, though, will see this for exactly what it is: More washed-up cyclists talking trash for cash."

    May 20, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
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