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
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)

(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.

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May 23, 2011 8:05 PM CDT
Lance is known here in Austin as a certified a-hole. He is a liar and a cheat. Luckily he cashed in BIG before his certain downfall. Go check the Dallas County sealed court records of a case Lance had with a prize underwriting company about 5 years ago. The company sued because they knew Lance doped and it voided a $5M side bet (contract) that Lance had parlayed. True - go do your legal research. Lance is a liar and a cheat.
May 23, 2011 12:50 PM CDT
Coulda, woulda, shoulda. It's all he said / she said so far. He may be guilty and he may not but this is 100% "Guilty by Innuendo. ". PROVE IT or give it up and shut up for good. It's been 10 years now. I will believe it when I see the PROOF. Can we settle this once and for all ? Likely not until sales of the books by Hamilton, Landis and anyone else who wants to take a shot die down to a trickle. Likely not until hot shot DA's looking to make a name for themselves either get the proof or go down in flames. Now CBS has morphed into the National Enquirer; trying to put words in George Hincapie's mouth. Anything for ratings. They say he confirmed to the investigators that Armstrong doped. Meanwhile Hincapie says he never talked to CBS and his testimony before the panel is 100% confidential. What a joke.
May 23, 2011 8:55 AM CDT
using steroids is for weak willed pussies, that being said who cares. they should make categories in every sport doping freak, and normal. its they're body if they want severely increased risk of stroke, man boobs, shriveled grapes, and erectile dysfunction at 50 let em