I Watched Lance Armstrong Dope: Teammate
Tyler Hamilton says he witnessed champ inject EPO
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 1:20 AM CDT
Updated May 20, 2011 4:10 AM CDT
Cyclist and former Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton speaks to “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley in Dana Point, Calif.   (AP Photo/CBS)

(Newser) – Another former teammate says he witnessed cycling champ Lance Armstrong use banned substances. Tyler Hamilton, who raced alongside Armstrong in the Tour de France for three seasons, told CBS' 60 Minutes that he saw his teammate inject himself with EPO, a drug that raises endurance by boosting the number of red blood cells in the body.

"I saw him inject it more than one time like we all did, like I did many, many times," says Hamilton, who retired from cycling in 2009 after failing a dope test. Armstrong firmly rejects the allegations. Hamilton "is a confessed liar in search of a book deal—and he managed to dupe 60 Minutes," a lawyer for Armstrong tells the Wall Street Journal. "Most people will see this for exactly what it is: More washed-up cyclists talking trash for cash."

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boxcar
May 20, 2011 10:10 PM CDT
There are many ways to "enhance" athletic performance besides shooting up drugs, like high altitude training For instance, if you've ever lived for an extended time above 10,000 foot altitude, when you run on the beach, you can runaway from the pack. As a teenager I once competed in underwater distance swimming By hyperventilating to supercharge my blood, I doubled my distance (2 olympic pool lengths) to the point that another teen almost drowned trying to go the distance so underwater competition was curtailed. Anyone can use "The 8-week Cholesterol Cure" to enhance blood flow- its a proverbial "Fountain of Youth" You eat massive amounts of Oat Bran to absorb cholesterol from intestines and massive doses of Niacin to block liver's production of cholesterol- Your body freaks out (you have to have Cholesterol to insulate nerves in your brain) So guess where it gets it? Simply scrubs it off your Arterial Walls, opens up your blood flow as in "Who needs drugs?" Drug testing would NOT detect anything wrong- Niacin's a B vitamin
woodyTX
May 20, 2011 5:03 PM CDT
So Lance wins Tour de France #7 after six TdF wins IN A ROW. I'm sure the guy was pissing in a vial every two hours for the dope testers in every race he rode after win #4. Tell me how he continued to win in the face of all this testing and never a positive test result ? Are you folks brain dead ? They are re-testing his frozen samples years later with better technology and still nothing. Give it up. Why is is always the guys who get caught doping who cook these stories up ? ...To get on the Jerry Springer show where they belong, throwing chairs at each other to get the cash to pay their legal fees. Very sad. Tyler and Floyd I once thought well of you but now your just two sour cycling has beens. Good riddance.
dyna
May 20, 2011 2:34 PM CDT
Stop snitchin!