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. Ryan

    A clean athelete consistently beating a pool of atheletes who are doping? Doesn't make much sense to me...

    May 20, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      LR is so pompous, this looks good on him.

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

      Sorry, that should be LA... my EPO caused me to misspell

      May 20, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fred

    Joe? Do you recall that Lance's test samples were frozen back then, and re-tested using modern technology. The bum has been doped from the start. Shame on you Lance Armstrong and your dimwit fans who think you are somehow above the rules.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. John in AZ

    Translation: "Now that I have done nothing of consequence with my life since 2004, I hope to get some fame or recognition from smearing Armstrong." Seriously, you did it too and kept quiet about it all until now? Why should anyone care what you have to say?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Young Goodman Brown

      Who else do you think is going to come forward? Cyclists still at the top of their game who are beating the tests? Why would THEY blow down the house of cards? They still have a lot to lose, personally and professionally, so they maintain the code of silence. It's only the Tyler Hamiltons of the world who we can count on to reveal the truth.

      May 24, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bucklee

    The only reason this guy is calling him out is because he has something to gain. When someone can call out a teammate for their own gain, how much credibility do they really have?

    PS – I thought 60 minutes was a news program?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sebastian

    Both Landis and Hamilton swore their innocence with such conviction that they raised funds, as victims, to help them cover their defense costs. Later, after proven guilty they uncover their lies and accept their wrong doing. So now they should be considered reliable and credible sources?? Again other interests are at play. Scam artists, the media should not give them any plattform for their economic beneffit.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. patrick

    When and if Armstrong ever used 'banned' substances, it is like baseball, when everyone is doing it, it makes it an equal playing field. European cyclists used 'banned' substances for years, and not until a very successful Lance Armstrong did it come to air. They have been poking and prodding the man for years now, and every allegation seems to get dispelled time and time again. Lance Armstrong trained like an animal, he might not of been the most physically strongest cyclist, but mentally he was and is unmatched. Ask any person that has survived cancer, they are always stronger mentally. The drive is only understood if you have been in their shoes. I have watched and admired Armstrong since I raced against him once in Austin when he was just a junior rider. You could tell that he was going to be someone special in the world of cycling. If most remember, it took Lance several years of hard dedicated training and learning the ropes over the pond in European cycling before he was successful at the worlds toughest sporting event. I feel that truly only one man knows the truth and that is Armstrong himself. I don't think any of us have the right to bring down the man when none of us were there. I support you Lance, and always will be motivated by you and your dedication to the sport of cycling. Jealousy is an evil thing.....

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

      Well said.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. mark

    Lance is the most tested athlete on the planet. They don't give him a heads up before testing. Why hasn't he tested positive yet? Surely, like most addicts or users, he would slip up once – just once – in 10 years. Seems like these allegations show up when someone needs a little extra cash or brokers a deal with cycling authorities to get back into the sport.

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

      Lance and his "Teams" have unlimited funds, giving them access to the latest, cutting edge drugs ahead of the testing abilities. Basically one step ahead of the law. If you follow the tour, no one person, who trains the same, eats the same, can outshine a professional field by that much.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    Fred, who had custody of those samples and who did this new testing and how were they certified? More nonsense.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. TG

    If the day ever comes, when someone (who hasn't been busted for doping, by the way) can bring forward physical evidence that LA was doping, I'll eat my LiveStrong hat. Until then, don't be a hater, judge and jury.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    @mark...his samples were frozen and re-tested. He has in fact been using drugs. The French cycling authority was going to refuse to allow him to compete based on these facts, but the French president interceded on Armstong's behalf. Lance is a doper with an enlarged heart, not the world's greatest cycler.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lance's enlarged heart

    How many of you were aware that he was born with an enlarged heart? About the same number who know he's a doper.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rick

    Hamilton is a confessed liar in search of a book deal. Why should we believe him?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    @other Joe, ridiculous claims unsubstantiated by the facts.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. johninmemphis

    Well...
    Lance never failed the tests, so I think I will side with Lance Armstrong on this.
    I mean what more do you want to prove that he did or didn't dope?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Brad Woods

    Lance is a huge role model for many people including myself a cancer survivor who wasnt supposed to make it. Its people like him that keep you moving forward in life. Steroids or no steroids look what he's done as an individual. WAR Lance!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
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