60 Minutes: Armstrong Urged Teammates to Dope

Champ continues to deny mounting charges

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted May 23, 2011 2:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Not only did Lance Armstrong use banned substances to boost his cycling performance, he helped lead a systematic doping program on his team by encouraging and promoting the deception along with managers and doctors, according to a 60 Minutes report. "He obviously was the biggest rider in the team and he helped to call the shots," said Tyler Hamilton, a former teammate, in an interview last night that expanded on earlier revelations that he saw Armstrong take EPO. The 60 Minutes investigation also examined a report of what close Armstrong friend and former teammate George Hincapie allegedly told a grand jury investigating doping in cycling, reports the AP.

Among the other 60 Minutes accusations:

  • Team leaders and doctors supervised blood doping and use of performance-enhancing drugs;
  • Doping was going on inside the US Postal team even before Armstrong joined in 1998;
  • Armstrong had a banned blood transfusion in 2000;
  • Cyclists received their performance-enhancing drugs in white lunch bags;
  • Team members were met at the airport, driven to hotels, and told to lie down and give blood that could be transfused back into their bodies at a later date.
Armstrong's lawyer repeated his strong defense of the cycling champ, pointing people to their website, www.facts4lance.com. "Throughout this entire process, CBS has demonstrated a serious lack of journalistic fairness and has elevated sensationalism over responsibility," said Armstrong's lawyer.

A report by "60 Minutes" says George Hincapie, a longtime member of Lance Armstrong's inner circle, has told federal authorities he saw the seven-time Tour de France winner use performance-enhancing drugs.   (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski, File)
FILE - In this March 21, 2009 file phot, Lance Armstrong, right, of the United States, pedals with fellow-countryman George Hincapie, left, during the Milan-San Remo cycling classic, in San Remo, Italy.   (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, File)
Lance Armstrong prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in 2010. Armstrong has been denied all accusations of blood doping and has never failed a drug test.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
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