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. Sean

    body language gives this dude away. when asked directly whether he saw lance inject, he blinks a lot, he looks off to the side, and while he's saying yes, he's shaking his head no. wow.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. BDR_Geek

    I want to believe that Lance is the exception. Landis, Hamilton and others were caught, while Lance has no credible proof against him. I've been to the Tour, ridden the same climbs, seen Lance's performance first hand. He performed magic. Can't we just lest it rest? If we want to dig up old offenses to be outraged, let's go back to beating up on Bush and the Wall Streeters who actually hurt people.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Voltairine

    Let all of these athletes shoot-up with whatever they want. Sooner or later, people will get bored of these mutants "competing" against each other over how much "performance enhancement" garbage they take. Over time, we, as people, will naturally become interested in how well normal people would do at these things and create, "Normal Sports", which will be like reality TV. AND we can STILL watch all of the the mutant athletes "competing" as well as beating the tar out of their spouses and eventually exploding from inside, just like in John Carpenter's, "The Thing"; is that cool or WHAT!?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Manbaby

    How many people would be interested in reading a book about Tyler Hamilton tor Floyd Landis that didn't include discussion of Lance Armstrong? The sad truth about proffesional cycling is that there is only one person that Americans want to discuss and that is Lance and he doesn't ride anymore. If you wanna get on Tv or sell a book about cycling you better connect it to Lance Armstrong in some way or people won't care.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Deanv

    I'm not saying he doped, but imagine if he did, then he was obliged to stop, investigations, etc...., then he comes back and he's no longer a factor in really any race, it's armstrong who has to live with it, drugs, I won, no drugs, I'm just a average cyclist.........

    May 20, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. SSampson

    Testing clean isn't the same as being clean.... EVERYBODY knows about masking agents and knows when you can/can't inject... Regular testing is done mostly at the time of a race or event.... timing is eveything.....

    Guilty or not – clean tests don't prove 100% innocence....

    May 20, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnS

      If everyone knows about masking agents and ways to avoid detection then that must mean that Hamilton, Landis and anyone else that tested positive wanted to be exposed – – right?

      May 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fred

    He used his enlarged heart to win. Period. He isn't a great athlete, he's a freak of nature.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. XxMacleodxX

    Let's give this guy the benefit of the doubt....say he did see him injecting....is he a doctor ??does he know what was injected?? both these questions are answered with a no....he could have been shooting heroin for all this guy knows..it is doubtful but still the point is he needs to shut up before the government spends any more money putting athletes on trial for garbage that happened a decade or more ago

    May 20, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Terry

    Over 500 drug test in a 20 year career with none of them testing positive....Landis and Hamilton need the money and have waffled so many times on their stories that they now have menu items named after them at Waffle House...

    May 20, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Enthalpy

    CNN is the worst site ever

    May 20, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. wendy

    People should be glad for Armstrong he has worked hard to geyt where he is.This man is jealous of Armstrong and he thinks he is going to get rich off his boot.I hope noone reads this garbage full of lies.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gray

    Face it, Armstrong's accusors are trying to deflect the attention. It is like scolding your child and their reponse is, "Well
    Billy did it too." He is a great athlete and redefined the way pro cyclists train. As a former racer I can attest to how difficult the Tour is, but with all the drug test Armstrong went through, he would have been caught. Landis and Hamilton are trying to justify cheating by bring down everyone around them.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. ohmpossum

    So, if "we all took it" then how is it an advantage?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Billie

    No doubt Lance is guilty of cheating. How does he expect us to believe he didn't when team mates say they saw him? Are we to think that Armstrong is the only clean athlete in a field of dopers, and cheats. That he could win 7 Tour de Frances against field of steroid enhanced athletes? Not a chance, he cheated now he's lying to keep the sponsorships money flowing in.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnS

      So have you returned your HS diploma and/or college degree? Since it is well recognized that cheating is rampant in our schools (and highly likely that your classmates have reported that 'everyone did it') how could you possibly expect us to believe you were able to compete against the curve without cheating yourself?

      May 20, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Billie

      Since I'm a Canadian with a much higher moral ground to stand on I can say that I've never cheated. But, I'm not the one lying to the world, and making millions being a cheat am I? I can't think of one american athlete who has dominated on the world stage who wasn't discovered to be a cheat. Biggest losers in sport are americans, and eventually we all find out how they won, and it turns out to be by cheating then lying about it.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Timber

      All Canadians have a much higher moral ground? I seem to remember a yellow eyed Ben Johnson....just sayin.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Billie

      Ben Johnson was Jamaican not a Canadian. He was juiced just like the rest of the field. The race in Soule he was 1 or 8 juiced runners. He just happened to be the fastest of the steroid users. Just state'n the facts.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      So he was doping when he was what 14 or 15 when he immigrated to Canada? Seems to me that the other 7 didn't get disqualified. Just saying.

      May 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amy

    Of course Armstrong used. I never believed he did not. Most of these guys use and have ways of getting around the tests. It's just not a level playing field if some get away with the drugs and others don't use.
    Let's stop with the ridiculous regulations. Let them all give themselves testicular cancer if that's what they want to do. Continue the tests, but let the fools compete anyway. The public will know who did well on their own, and who pumped themselves full of chemicals.

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