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. Performance-enhancing drug risks

Armstrong on Thursday night tweeted for his followers to go to, 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. Ignacio

    I watched the video and it's clear, by his body language, that the guy is lying! Give a rest to Armstrong!

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

    Yet another teammate suggests Armstrong wasn't the only member of the US Postal team not on EPO.
    Disbelief, defense and excuses ensue, as normal.
    Number of teammates required to provide similar statements before the masses will believe it, still undertermined.

    Cmon. You really think anyone is going to start a campaign to discredit Karl Malone's basketball career today? And if it turns out the entire Utah Jazz squad was on steroids, they claim their stand out star was too, you'd find that shocking?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Drew

    How many times has he tested positive as the most tested athlete in the world? Exactly.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      He has tested positive 3 times for steroids, at least once for EPO.
      The steroid tests did not have matching b-samples. The EPO result was an illegal level before the rules were relaxed.
      The number will always be zero if you want it to be zero and ignore what is reported.

      Meanwhile, for those criticising the character of the drug cheats making these allegations, remind us when it was that Lance was honest and came clean told us that he was repeatedly racing with a team full of drug cheats in order to win these team events?

      May 20, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Blue

    How come all the people who accuse Armstrong are either French, or racers who are indicted and working on plea bargains. Armstrong's passed hundreds of drug tests, with no positives. hearsay doesn't make you a doper, proof does. Period.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean the thinker

      Not true, perhaps you're simply oblivious to those who have been accusing him of doping for years.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fred

    Even after Armstrong is convicted, his "fans" will still adore him. It's how Americans are these days. The rules of cycling do not apply to US. (nor do the rules of justice. Now it's ok for US to murder a well-known suspected criminal, bypassing justice) Wake up and smell the coffee folks. We Americans suck in the eyes of the world, but we appear to be squeeky clean in our own eyes. Nothing but a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • old old

      I don't think so. The media would grab the most shocking and outrageous news stories around the world and going strictly by those residents of any place would feel they are being portrayed only negatively around the globe. But you should trust the off-the-record sensibilities and ability to see the things for what they really are, of people. America's principles, American's work/business ethics are not hidden and they are not only about corporate greed and war mongering.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. JiminTX

    Old old old news. Hamilton has had a vendetta against Armstrong for years, and he won't let it go. He's bankrupted himself trying to destroy Armstrong and its been embarrassing for quite some time. If it weren't for that he might be believable.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • JiminTX

      Actually I was thinking of Greg Lemond... oops. No way to delete a post?

      May 20, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fred

    Forget Hamilton. View the test results. Armstrong's a doper. Fact. (when cyclists are tested, even if they pass, the samples are frozen and re-tested even decades later. If not for the President of France insisting lance be allowed to compete in the tour, Lance would have been banned. The retesting of Armstrongs samples prove he's been a druggie the whole time.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kristal

    something is wrong' money can be made using his name butttttt the french have proven results' facts are facts only if proven 2 b facts until the world really absolutly know these facts 2 b true then he has 2 b considered thee greatest at his sport ever myself i hate cheaters if its proven that he has cheated i say off with his head look at bonds hes as guilty as hell but its really hard 2 get convictions.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    The facts are these; Hamilton lies and Lance has never been found guilty of doping. It seems that there are scads of former cheaters who can't let things go. How easy it is to point a finger at someone else....IF you have PROOF other than stuff you hear on the grade school playground, then bring it. You (Tyler) are wasting our time with words. While driven by the pain of being caught and losing your cycling career and lifestyle, what is it that drives someone like Tyler to accuse? Jealously? Hatred? Greed? Give it up unless you have REAL proof (and because of your past lies we would still find it difficult to believe you)

    May 20, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      "IF you have PROOF other than stuff you hear on the grade school playground, then bring it."

      That's why the Feds are currently in France collecting evidence for a grand jury indictment.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pscyclepath

    Once upon a time I believed Tyler... back in 2004/2005 when he was contesting his own bust for doping. Fooled me once, but I won't trust his word again.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sean the thinker

    Oh boy, looks like another Jose Canseco moment.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Exactly! People doubted Canseco's facts, but in the end who was right? Just because the messenger's been caught dirty doesn't mean he's lying. In Jose's case, he was never caught–he outed himself, and then decided to take the whole house with him to sell a book.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. quill

    Armstrong is a true and tried champ. If he did this, it would have been picked up in a test. That is why at this level, they have testing! Armstrong has proven he is clean by taking the tests. These trash for cash talkers cannot prove anything. All they can do is try to smear his good name through lies for their own financial benefit because they have nothing else. Lance deserves the right to savor all the hard work and championships he has accomplished during his career. Go get a life!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean the thinker

      Hmmm, they said the exact same thing about Mark Mcguire.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Arran Webb

    He says he did not use drugs isn't that enough? Do we assume he is a liar? Why do we have testing at all? Can athletes tell the truth? Can we have them swear on a Bible or "Origin of Species" or something and just ask them to tell the truth? Are athletes natural cheats? If an athlete got the chance to secretly cut a mile off the marathon and win the race – they would do it? Are they simply always willing to cheat?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
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    May 20, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ricardo Reyna

    I am not interested in the words of Hamilton or Landis or any other cheater. I am interested in what Hincapie and Leipheimer have to say.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
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