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

(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."

Cyclist and former Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton speaks to “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley in Dana Point, Calif.
Cyclist and former Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton speaks to “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley in Dana Point, Calif.   (AP Photo/CBS)
Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of  the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, Belgium, last year.
Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, Belgium, last year.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
Lance Armstrong has been accused by another former teammate of doping.
Lance Armstrong has been accused by another former teammate of doping.   (Getty Images)
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