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. Regis

    Armstrong was taking EPO, PPO and probably HMO, too!!

    May 20, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Prove It

    or shutup.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. American

    So many jealous haters around. They love to accuse Lance Armstrong, but they CANT PROVE SH!T. Anybody can accuse someone of anything, it doesn't mean anything. PROVE IT OR STFU! Lance has submitted to the most intense random testing program of any athlete of all time, and NEVER FAILED A TEST. They keep this samples in the drug labs, and periodically re-test them as they get more and better tests, so there goes your theory for "oh, they didn't know how to test that back then". Again, even with new tests and re-tests on the OLD samples, he still never fails the tests. Try again haters, you lose and Lance wins.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      He's not going to beat the grand jury .. count on it. And you're going to feel pretty foolish when he goes down.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      "Again, even with new tests and re-tests on the OLD samples, he still never fails the tests"

      Except for when he does, but they don't count because you didn't bother reading about that.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Mach2.5

      Well said 'American'
      'Dave' and others: Grand juries don't mean jack. They can only recommend a trial if it deems there is enough evidence. And guess what...There is no evidence. Get over it.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. tankrothchild

    Lance Armstrong is a no good cheating jerk, I hope he dies.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • SortaKinda

      Your wish will no doubt be granted.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Grim Reaper

      Did someone just wish myself on someone else? How delightful!

      May 20, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    I smell a book and movie deal for this guy. How much is The Inquirer going to pay him for the "inside scoop"?

    May 20, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. MannyHM

    Lots of people are envious of Lance Armstrong. He survived cancer and he is a great cyclist.
    During conversation, somebody said that the pharmaceutical companies should sponsor cycling events into two category. One with stimulants and blood doping and the other without them. The participants sign a waiver holding the sponsors blameless.

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

      A person who lacks integrity in marriage lacks integrity in just about everything else. Why don't you find someone else to admire? or are no different than he?

      May 20, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. wcb2009

    Drug tests dont lie. If his claim is true, then there was a "conspiracy" to hide Lance's drug use. I find this extremely unlikely. I would like to hear from the people that performed and analyzed Lance's test. They are being accused of facilitating cheating.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Greg

    I think most of the cyclists at the top level were doping a few years ago. Good results pay your salary and if you see others doping you're under a fair bit of pressure to do so to compete on the same level. With that said, I don't think it makes sense to go after dopers from years ago. The best plan is tackle the current problem which they are doing quite well in the sport of cycling.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      All true, except that the U.S. government wants to nail Lance for fraud for the years he got taxpayer sponsorship dollars from the U.S. Postal service. The French also want to prosecute him (probably partly out of spite) for fraudulently winning the TDF since for a while doping scandals severely affected the sponsorship dollars they were getting. It's going to get real ugly here before too long, and since big money is involved it isn't going to go away even for past offenses.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. clonemastr

    Whenever drug tests are done, multiple samples are taken and stored, so that if a new test comes out, they can go back and see if someone would now test positive. So until someone comes up with proof, not just allegations, about Lance Armstrong cheating, then I too would stand by the 500+ drug tests with never a hit.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. SSS

    Why does this jerk continue to make headlines. He has absolutely zero credibility.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    We have stories from people with an agenda, and we have facts in the 500 non-positive tests throughout his career. I believe the more ligical stance is to believe the facts until other compeeling and verifiable facts become available.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. phinu

    If he did dose with ANY performance enhancing agents after his bout with testicular cancer he is certainly guilty of being STUPID. EPO carries severe warnings and contraindications regarding use for patients. If you are willing to shorten your life or give yourself a lower quality of life in the name of winning or the fame that comes with it you are very sad indeed. I hope he is a good father to his children because he may have shortened his life so much that he will miss a great deal of it. I consider that if he did use PED's it is tantamount to playing russian roulette with 3 out of 6 bullets instead of 1 out of 6 bullets.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    Just ask yourself, why does he only comes up with this now and not when it happened as he says it did?
    Always easy to kick someone in the back.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Ask yourself why the feds are collecting evidence for a grand jury at the same time.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Silly comment. Tyler was doping at the same time and making huge bucks doing it. So was Landis and so was Andreu, both of whom were also Lance's team mates and both of whom have stated under oath that Lance was doping. Other riders have done the same thing. Both Hamilton and Landis got caught and denied it for years, finally admitting it after their careers were over. Andreu never got caught but eventually admitted it as well, even when he had nothing to gain and everything to lose by doing so (he's a cycling sports announcer now). You really need to go back about a dozen years and research various cycling publications. You'll soon change your mind about whether or not Lance was doping.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Samuel R. Preston, III

    Please Mr. Reaper...no...not yet!!

    May 20, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Muldoon

    Here are two things I believe:
    A) Lance doped – like everyone else. No more, no less than the rest of the peloton.
    B) Lance is the greatest cyclist that ever walked the planet.
    I believe doping is so widespread that everyone chooses to do it just to ensure that the there is a level playing field. In that field, Lance has no equal.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Lance was the highest paid pro cyclist ever ... by far. He had access to the best drugs and the best masking agents money could buy. It is true that everyone was doping, but it is totally false to claim that the playing field was level.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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