Hamilton, a former teammate of Armstrong and himself an admitted user of performance enhancing drugs, says Armstrong used EPO, a drug that boosted endurance by increasing the amount of red blood cells in his body, to win the 1999 Tour de France, the race he won an astonishing seven times. "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."
On the heels of similar accusations by another former teammate, Frankie Andreu, that has come out in the course of an on-going federal investigation, it looks like Lance is in a lot of trouble, though he continues to deny the accusations, both in Twitter messages ("20+ year career. 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case.") and on a website called Facts4Lance.
However, lying under oath in an investigation like this will send a person to the slammer, and somebody here isn't telling the truth.
What do you think? Is Lance telling the truth? Did he race clean or not? Comment below.
- Drugs and Doping in Professional Cycling
- What is EPO?
- About Lance Armstrong
- Link to excerpt of Tyler Hamilton interview with CBC
- Facts4Lance website
- Lance Armstrong's Twitter feed
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