On Sunday night's episode of 60 Minutes, Tyler Hamilton, a former professional cyclist and Olympic gold medalist, will say that his former teammate, Lance Armstrong, used endurance-boosting EPO to prepare for the Tour de France in 1999-2001. Hamilton adds that he saw Armstrong "inject more than one time," saying, "We all did."
Here's a short preview of that interview:
This is hardly the first time Armstrong has been accused of doping, of course -- it's not even the first time a former teammate has claimed Armstrong cheated -- so his defense was quick and one we've heard before: he's been tested over 500 times and it's never come up positive. That's where Hamilton's accusations take an new twist.
Hamilton, who himself has twice tested positive for doping, claims that Armstrong did in fact fail one of those 500 drug tests. It is unclear why that failed test has not been publicized, however.
Two other former teammates told the AP on Friday that they never saw Armstrong or Hamilton cheat. Pascal Derame, a Frenchman who rode with Lance in 1999, says he was not in the "inner circle."
"There was a team and then there was the inner circle. Tyler was in the inner circle," as was Frankie Andreu, Derame said. "[Armstrong] was a lot closer to Tyler than to us. ... Perhaps he didn't trust the French." [...]
"I never saw [Armstrong] take anything," Derame said. "I cannot say what I didn't see."
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