Tyler spills the beans

Hamilton confesses to doping, implicates Armstrong

In an interview to be aired by ‘60 Minutes’ on Sunday, Hamilton ended years of denials by finally admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs, but insisted he was not alone.
The 40-year-old said he witnessed his former team-mate Armstrong inject himself with a blood-booster during the 1999 Tour de France, which Armstrong won.

“(Armstrong) took what we all took... there was EPO (erythropoietin)... testosterone... a blood transfusion,” Hamilton said in an excerpt released by the CBS television network.
“I saw (EPO) in his refrigerator. I saw him inject it more than one time, like we all did, like I did many, many times.”

Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times, has always denied taking banned substances but has repeatedly had to fend off accusations despite having never failed a drugs test.

His lawyer Mark Fabiani said on Thursday that Hamilton's accusations about Armstrong were untrue.

“Hamilton is actively seeking to make money by writing a book and now he has completely changed the story he has always told before so that he could get himself on ‘60 Minutes’ and increase his chances with publishers,” Fabiani said.

“But greed and a hunger for publicity cannot change the facts: Lance Armstrong is the most tested athlete in the history of sports.”

Armstrong reiterated Fabiani's view on his Twitter page. “20+ year career. 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case,” he tweeted. World cycling's governing body the UCI said it had only just become aware of the accusation.

“UCI heard of it for the first time today in the press,” spokesman Enrico Carpani said when contacted. “Only Hamilton and Armstrong are in a position to comment on it.”
Hamilton said he had decided to come clean after he was subpoenaed by a grand jury currently investigating Armstrong after another of his former team-mates pointed the finger at him.

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