Tyler Hamilton, a teammate of Lance Armstrong's on the powerhouse U.S. Postal Service cycling team, accused Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs. In a 60 Minutes interview that aired on Sunday night, Hamilton described the system the team used to share and administer human growth hormone, testosterone, and blood-booster EPO.
Hamilton is just the latest teammate to accuse Armstrong, who has won the Tour de France seven times and denies ever using performance-enhancing drugs. Last year Floyd Landis admitted to doping and said Armstrong had done the same. And five years ago, fellow Postal Service rider Frankie Andreu said Armstrong had used EPO during the 1999 Tour de France, when he won for the first time.
Besides the detailed description of the Postal Service team's doping habits, the most remarkable part of Hamilton's 60 Minutes interview was the reverence he clearly has for Armstrong, and the thrill the received from getting help from Armstrong. He describes a time his famous teammate gave him EPO:
"You know, I reached out to Lance Armstrong, you know," Hamilton said on "60 Minutes," describing what he did on one occasion when he needed EPO. "And he helped me out, he helped me out."
In the next day or two, he said, a package arrived with EPO, with Armstrong acknowledging that he had sent it.
"It was an illegal doping product, but he helped out a friend," said Hamilton, who helped Armstrong win the Tour de France in 1999, 2000 and 2001. "So I want to make it clear that, you know, if the roles were reversed and I had the connection, I would have done the same, same, thing for Lance."
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