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Lance 'supplied' blood booster

2012-08-31 09:01

Texas - Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster at his house before the 1999 Tour de France and the two teammates compared notes on using performance-enhancing drugs as far back as 1998.

Hamilton makes the allegations in his book, "The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs," set to be published September 5. The Associated Press purchased a copy on Thursday. Armstrong agent Bill Stapleton did not immediately respond to a request for comment

Hamilton and Armstrong rode together on the US Postal Service team.

Armstrong has long denied doping but last week chose not to fight drug charges made by the US Anti-Doping Agency. USADA has erased 14 years of Armstrong's competitive results, including his seven Tour de France titles.

The book mirrors much of what Hamilton told "60 Minutes" in 2011 and what he said he told federal criminal investigators looking into doping allegations on the Postal Service team. Officials closed that investigation in February without bringing any charges against Armstrong.

Hamilton details his own drug use and says usage on the team started even before Armstrong joined in 1998. He and Armstrong soon became roommates and confidants who would discuss using the blood-booster EPO and other performance-enhancing drugs.

He said while visiting Armstrong's home in Nice shortly before the 1999 Tour, he asked the Texan if he had any EPO and Armstrong pointed to the refrigerator.

Hamilton described a doping plan put in place by the team for the 1999 Tour de France, with Armstrong's knowledge, that included a motorcyclist riding behind racers with a thermos full of EPO. It was to be dispensed to riders in the team camper after race stages.

He said team leaders, doctors and mangers encouraged and supervised doping and performance-enhancing drugs were handed out to cyclists in white lunch bags.

Armstrong has previously sought to discredit Hamilton as a drug cheat who was twice banned for doping and was recently stripped of his 2004 Olympic gold medal.

According to USADA, Hamilton is among its key witnesses ready to testify against Armstrong. In all, it said as many as 10 former teammates were ready to do so. The agency has withheld most of their names, saying it feared Armstrong would try to intimidate them.


AP

Comments
  • andrew.hendrikse - 2012-08-31 09:18

    let's face it, Armstrong is a fraud. All his supporters need to come to terms with it and move on.

      chiepner - 2012-08-31 09:30

      Andrew do you remember that one time I came to your house and we did some cocain while being entertained by a handfull of strippers your arranged for us from that local gents club?........we use to do line and lines of the stuff that night and when I wanted some herion you pointed to the bar fridge and said "Help your self". Do you see my point Andrew? Just because I fabricated this wonderfull little story and implicated you in it does not mean its true does it? Or should everyone now just come to terms that you are a fraud and just needs to move on.

      craig.caseyhughes - 2012-08-31 09:35

      Andrew rather keep quite.!!! What this man has been threw and done for cancer and how many people do you know with cancer ?? and what have you done to help them. Just by the way he has been tested 500 times and is still the most test sports person in the world and they still cant prove him GUILTY!!! and tell me why could they not catch him at the time then so now they come 14 years later. So they must then bane everyone that raced with him in the last 14yrs aswell. Do you even ride a bike because you look you need to.!!!!!!! LIVE STRONG FOR LIVE.

      martin.willemse.10 - 2012-08-31 09:37

      we had a good time that night Clintleeh.....Andrew was very accomodating.

      andre.schutte.319 - 2012-08-31 09:55

      Andrew lets think about this for one second. The team supplied these drugs to the riders in their water bottles and lunch bags. They use it during the stage and then they get tested after the stage and there is no trace of any drug in their system. Wow. A miracle. Armstrong was the most tested rider ever in the TDF and never tested positive. What a man. Using it all the time and never a trace. Makes you think. Well, I hope it does.

      warren.kristiansen - 2012-08-31 10:00

      @Andrew. With all the evidence and now with him being stripped of his titles, people still just refuse to believe that their "golden boy" could do wrong. I wonder why that is? What is it about this arrogant pri*k that make people believe everything he says? I just don't get it. HE CHEATED, deal with it!!

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-08-31 10:16

      To all you Armstrong "die hards"....you sound like those that argue that the earth is flat..you have zero objectivity! Armstrong is a con artist of note. Psychologically , many of those that were conned are still in the first state of denial and as I see from the above comments some of you are now entering the second stage of anger....unfortunately, its misplaced. be angry with your fallen hero!

      Paul - 2012-08-31 11:15

      @Clintleeh how do you know what the truth is anyway. If he is guilty, no amount made for his cancer foundation can make it excusable. Do some research on all the evidence stacked up against him. I dont know the truth so I wont jump on either side, but the evidence is really damning.

      Mark - 2012-08-31 11:32

      Hey Andrew, your wife is great, I love it when she swallows.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-08-31 11:48

      @craig.caseyhughes - goodness man, you really need to do something about your spelling, it is atrocious. @andrew - I totally agree with you. You can't possibly have that many people in cahoots willing to testify against you without there being some truth to the allegations. In my opinion, and from what I hear, everybody was doping, always staying ahead of the game with the latest "undetectable" performance enhancers. What must be remembered is that in spite of all the doping, Lance still came out tops against all the other dopers and he remains the greatest cyclists ever.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-08-31 12:34

      I recommend the following article to all that are struggling to come to terms with the destruction of the "Armstrong" myth: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/24/160006508/lance-armstrong-when-a-hero-lets-us-down

      wesleywt - 2012-08-31 12:52

      All these allegations, and not a single shred of proof provided.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-31 15:29

      Actually Andrew, by the looks of it so was EVERYONE else, and he still beat them!! So, put that in your fat pipe and smoke it ..

      pjthesecond.eldest - 2012-08-31 22:11

      When andre.rabie.14 quotes wikipedia as his source, then I think he is a dope.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-09-01 07:26

      Andrew I agree completely, he was always one step ahead, blood boosters were not traceable back then and besides if this fraud were innocent he would fight to clear his name, but I fear the mountain of evidence, teammates ready to testify no he would not stand a chance. I mean why would an American doping agency go out of its way to ban one of its Natinal hero's if not for the fact that they have solid evidence. Strip him of all titles and money as an example to kids that cheating does not pay. Professional cycling is a farce......................and it's image protected by governing bodies at all costs.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-09-01 10:59

      Everybody in the top cycling community at th\at time was a fraud. Don't apply the rules only to one guy.

  • jason.marriott.75 - 2012-08-31 09:30

    Well honestly I think the chances are that Armstong is guilty is some degree. But also look at the fact here Hamilton is trying to sell a book, I'm always sceptical about when persons claim's have finicial gain attached to them.

  • babbuinovolante - 2012-08-31 09:56

    well who are the titles going to now? people that have been banned or strongly tied with doping..... this guy kicked ass and will always be a winner

      bj.pieman - 2012-08-31 10:49

      Every time Lance won the tour, the guys in 2nd and 3rd were at some point in their careers banned or at least inplicated in doping scandals. Everybody in pro cycling dopes. Even the guy who repeatedly finishes stone last. Wim Vansevenant finished last in 3 tours, and was still caught with EPO. Philippe Gaumont was last in 1997 and wrote a book about tricks being used not to be caught doping.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-31 12:54

      His titles have not been stripped. The USDA does not have jurisdiction over a French tour.

      CapeChappy - 2012-09-01 11:47

      Wesley: Yes they do.. Doping agencies are all members of one international group with a common constitution for exactly these type of situations.

  • mark.higgens.9 - 2012-08-31 10:02

    anyone who rides 150km 220km+ per day for almost 3 weeks at the speed these guys do it must be taking some sort of enhancer, unfortunately Lance has the target painted on his back. The only reason why cyclists appear to be clean is they cheat the system - you can only test for a substance that is known, hence the reason for keeping blood samples for years after the race so that once a new 'banned substance' is found they retest all blood samples. He is still a legend and will always be one.

  • justin.coetzee.5 - 2012-08-31 10:09

    As I understand it, EPO is administered either subcutaneously (under the skin), or intravenously (preferred). Not too sure how they'd utilize "a motorcyclist riding behind racers with a thermos full of EPO". Ever tried to inject yourself while riding a bike? Also, it's a little obvious!

  • Trent242 - 2012-08-31 10:11

    Oh for god sakes. Give the man the Nobel prize. Whatever doping he did, obviously helps you in defeating cancer.

  • jacobus.dewet1 - 2012-08-31 10:28

    The sport is so currupt, how many of them have failed doping tests? there is no other sport in the world were their are more doping involved then cycling. LA did a great job just survive cancer and I am sure he took a lot of stuff to regain strenght and be able to even compete. but I have no interest in the sport because every rider who achieved something in the past 15 years have some kind od doping history.

      Johannes - 2012-08-31 10:50

      I would not single out cycling alone. There are VERY few professional sports played these days where the athletes do not dope it up. Rugby, cricket, football (round ball and that odd american version), and lets not forget about the Olympics... They all do it, most just do not get caught.

  • martblore - 2012-08-31 10:55

    what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  • craig.caseyhughes - 2012-08-31 11:01

    Bottom line he was never found guilty end of that.!!! LIVE STRONG FOR LIVE. ANDREW can you ride 1km on a bike.

  • kyle.mclaren1 - 2012-08-31 13:03

    I will reiterate a previous comment that the USADA cannot "erase" Lance's TDF titles. The UCI governs the TDF, not the USADA, and the UCI stand behind Lance. The USADA has been commissioned by the Olympic Committee and have ZERO jurisdiction with the TDF. I will believe Tyler Hamilton's' allegations when he takes a polygraph...

  • graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-08-31 13:12

    I guess the reality is that most of the cyclists doped - ask Tim Noakes. The reality here is that the frauds (administrators) have covered it up for so long and are now trying to "clean" up the sport. all those that came 2nd and 3rd to Lance have already been convicted of doping in some form. The reality is he survived cancer and as a doper he beat all the other dopers - still some achievement. I guess all the negative people on this forum are all world champions in their respective sports!

  • colleen.balfour - 2012-08-31 13:25

    Here's a thought: All the TDF riders were doping one way or another - yet - Lance still beat them all. Seven times. Logical conclusion is that if they were all doing it, he did not have any unfair advantage and won on ability and skill.

  • colleen.balfour - 2012-08-31 13:44

    @Andrea Hendrikse: What exactly is your point about the "Armstrong die-hards"? Speaking for myself, I happen to have enjoyed his achievements [whether he did so with or without enhancemets] and continue to regard him as the greatest TDF winner ever. The problem with this whole story is that at the time of his wins, IF he was taking an 'enhancement', that substance at that time was NOT on the list of banned items. Jjudging him now as a fraud by using modern technology and banning the use of a particular performance enhancer today, would be the same as you be condemned for using a [for instance] vitamin years ago that today is declared banned and illegal. You cannot apply new laws retrospectively. This was nothing but a witchhunt with Lance Armstrong the target. Probably by a jealous, defeated competitor. Like you?

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-08-31 14:00

    There should be a Dope Tour de France and No-Dope Tour de France. I wonder which one people would watch?

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-31 14:10

    where there is smoke there is fire

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-08-31 15:28

    Even if he did, so was everyone else and he still beat them... That alone says something ;)

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-08-31 15:30

    Hoping this will help sell his book??

  • alfred.killian - 2012-08-31 16:05

    Tour de Farce: I find all these acquisations against Armstrong quite strange: He was tipped of before drug tests, the police were not allowed to raid his hotel, when he had a positive test, it was squased", Asuming it is true, the question comes to mind, who was behind it all. Looking at the acquisations it must be the highest authority in the sport, but why, I can only think of one reason (mon...ey is the root of all evil). A guy, who is an exceptional cyclist, survives cancer(after he had a 5%change to survive), He wins the Tdf 7x, viewer numbers skyrocket, he is an American a big country, with not much interest prior to theircancer survivors participation. I suppose, the organisers is not going to give the money back to tv stations for broadcasting rights,(they made it a farce to get more viewers), Viewers, who got taken for a "ride" to watch this spectackle cant claim for watching it till midnight.(time wasting) All the others cyclists were force to dope(without permission) to compete with Lance, I cant claim the money back, wich I lost by betting on Ulrich, and Lance should not give his titles back, he was just a pawn. People who watch WWF, are not so different after all

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-08-31 16:09

    If memory serves me Chiliboy and Bjorn was sent back from overseas in the not too distant past - with a mere rap on the knuckles after an "oops, sorry". Do not judge too harshly. Professional sport = big bucks and people try to puxh the limits. If you read Lance's statement - he does not bluntly deny everything, he says he operated in accordance with the rules of the time which meant they got away with some stuff - but that means everybody did. Why target him? And when he returned a couple of years ago and came third - do not tell me he used anything ... they were watching him like a hawk! Bit of a personal witch-hunt and that was exactly the judge's comment.... Let him who lives in a glass house not throw the first stone!

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