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Say it isn't so!
A former teammate of Lance Armstrong's told 60 Minutes on Thursday night he used performance-enhancing drugs WITH the seven-time Tour de France winner to cheat in cycling races, including the Tour!
According to Tyler Hamilton, Lance took a blood-booster called EPO in the 1999 Tour and before the race in 2000 and 2001.
Hamilton told reporters:
"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."
However, Lance Armstrong has NEVER failed a drug test (unlike Hamilton, who has been BANNED from racing for using performance-boosting drugs) and his lawyer, Mark Fabiani, is backing him up, saying:
"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, but greed and a hunger for publicity cannot change the facts: Lance Armstrong is the most tested athlete in the history of sports: He has passed nearly 500 tests over twenty years of competition."
The drug Lance is accused of using boosts endurance by increasing the number of red blood cells in the body. Federal investigators are currently probing whether the iconic cyclist and his team engaged in systematic doping.
Honestly, we are really hoping this guy is just looking to make a buck by causing controversy because Lance Armstrong is one of the most inspirational athletes on the planet. He is a true testament to the human and athletic spirit that drives us toward success.
While everything this man is saying could be entirely true, we'll hold off on any judgement until some solid facts come out to support or deny these accusations.
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In a series of e-mails to cycling officials and sponsors, he accuses not only Armstrong, but Levi Leinheimer and Dave Zabriskie of using a variety of drugs, including EPO and human growth hormones!
"I want to clear my conscience. I don't want to be part of the problem any more. If I don't say something now then it's pointless to ever say it."
However, the International Cycling Union is speaking out against these allegations, and assert that Landis is bitter and attempting to perpetuate lies to get revenge!
President Pat McQuaid said in a statement:
"These guys coming out now with things like this from the past is only damaging the sport. If they've any love for the sport they wouldn't do it. What's his agenda? The guy is seeking revenge. It's sad, it's sad for cycling. It's obvious he does hold a grudge. He already made those accusations in the past. Armstrong has been accused many times in the past but nothing has been proved against him. And in this case, I have to question the guy's credibility. There is no proof of what he says. We are speaking about a guy who has been condemned for doping before a court."
Wow. Pretty heavy stuff.
What do U think?? Could there be any truth to Landis' allegations??
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