Skip to comments.‘60 Minutes’ report: Armstrong encouraged doping
Posted on 05/22/2011 5:14:49 PM PDT by truthandlife
Lance Armstrongs former teammate, Tyler Hamilton, says Armstrong and other team leaders encouraged, promoted and took part in a doping program in an effort to win the Tour de France in 1999 and beyond, according to a report aired Sunday night on 60 Minutes.
Hamilton said he saw Armstrong take performance-enhancing drugs, EPO and testosterone and also saw him receive a banned blood transfusion.
I feel bad that I had to go here and do this, Hamilton said. But I think at end of the day, like I said, long-term, the sports going to be better for it.
In the interview, portions of which were aired Thursday and Friday on CBS Evening News, Hamilton revealed other observations about the U.S. Postal team operation:
Team leaders, including doctors and managers, encouraged and supervised doping;
Doping was going on inside the U.S. Postal team even before Armstrong joined in 1998;
Performance-enhancing drugs, including EPO and human growth hormone, were handed out to cyclists in white lunch bags;
Team members were met at the airport, driven to hotels, told to lie down and give blood that could be transfused back into their bodies at a later date.
Armstrong long has denied doping and has never tested positive.
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So, why all of the apparently coordinated attacks on a retired bicycle racer? It’s not like he’s still racing. Why does he need to be knocked off his pedestal?
Day late and a dollar short on this revelation. I don’t trust this guys motivations here. I think he is lying.
It’s too bad...I always knew there was a chance that Lance had doped, but hoped that he was the real deal. However, between Landis, Hamilton and (reportedly) Hincapie, it appears the fairytale story will not play out.
That being said, the euroweenies are still pissed.
That seems to be the bottom line.
Hamilton, on the other hand, gets a bit of fame and that always equals cash.
Armstrong might have been the most closely watched cyclist in the history of the sport, and I can't imagine him getting away with any detectable drugs in his system.
After years away from the sport, from 2005 to 2009, he returned in 2009 and was third. Not bad after a lengthy lay-off. All during that time drug allegations were rampant.
Therefore, there is no way he got a pass in 2009 with allegations at a hysterical level even then.
And he placed third.
I'd say he was a damned good cyclist.
Seems to me like a case of put up or shut up. I guess it was fine with them when the team was winning.
Because a French citizen didn’t win the race.
I read Armstrong’s book. He really isn’t to likeable. That could also be part of the problem.
Lance Armstrong has reportedly taken and passed 500 tests to find out if he was doping. He was not found to be doing so. It is beyond the realm of possibilities, that a guy can fake that many tests. INNOCENT...without a shadow of doubt in my mind.
Armstrong was way ahead of the testing and when he got tested positive he just paid people off. Armstrong always got stronger in the mountain stages and that is when EPO does the trick.
Remember, Armstrong wasn’t the only one doing it. They were pretty much all doing it if they were contenders. It is a dirty sport.
I like Lance. 60 minutes are following an identical path, fed to them, by the Euro whiners who lost. He may just be the most tested athlete in history. It’s all there. No need for samples. Expect a lawsuit or two.
Here is a little more of a detailed version of the story from the NY Times:
All hearsay, no proof. There are so many people who want to bring him down, that if he tested positive, he would go down.
I don’t trust the guy. I only saw the previews but the guy appeared to be very shifty eyed and never looking directly at the interviewer. If you watch closely, you will notice that most of Zero’s people have this same trait. Notice Gates press conference the other day?
News Flash...News Flash: Armstrong was taking performance-enhancing drugs...as (so called) treatment.
Get your bracelet here...hooo get your bracelet here...
OK, explain how someone who had testicular cancer doesn’t actually need testosterone medically? I never understood this point. I would think, like women who’ve had ovarian cancer, that they would need a little supplementation for the quality of life issues.
LOL! I’d even change “Aw jeez” to “Putain.”