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October 12th, 2012
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Tonight on AC360: Doping Allegations, Lance Armstrong’s former teammate speaks out

The cycling career of Lance Armstrong was "fueled from start to finish by doping," according to a scathing 202-page report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency detailing allegations against the seven-time Tour de France winner. The USADA says the path Armstrong took to win "ran far outside the rules."

Eleven of Armstrong's former teammates testified in the investigation, including Tyler Hamilton, who talks with Anderson tonight about the report in an AC360 exclusive interview. According to the report, Hamilton told investigators he and his teammates hid from drug testers.

Watch the preview clip above of Anderson's conversation with Hamilton, who rode with Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service team from 1998 to 2001.

The cycling team used a wide range of techniques, including saline injections and blood transfusions, to beat those tests, according to the USADA report. Armstrong and his former teammates "ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," claims the USADA.

Armstrong has repeatedly denied doping, and his attorney calls the USADA report "a one-sided hatchet job" and "witch hunt." But in August, Armstrong decided not to contest the doping accusations, after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit he filed aimed at halting the investigation. Fighting the doping claims would have required Armstrong to testify at a hearing.

For more on the doping investigation, don't miss more of Anderson's interview with Armstrong's former teammate, Tyler Hamilton, tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

 

Tyler Hamilton and Lance Armstrong ride together during the third stage of the 87th Tour de France on July 3, 2000. (Photo by Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    Old news from a verified drug taker; Funny that Armstrong never once tested positive -not on multiple tours – but Hamilton who had access to the "supposedly" same techniques got caught.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  2. John

    I am not sure which is worse, the rampant use of performance enhancing drugs, or the peloton full of pathological liars. The sport has ZERO credibility. I am sad because I am a long time fan of professional cycling.

    October 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  3. joe mchale

    you can take the boy out of the trailer park but...

    you've got ball, armstrong. but all the bullying and intimidation you've pulled on others is coming around to you. lie strong.

    October 13, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  4. Phil

    All of the allegations are hearsay. Over 500 negative tests prove Lance is a victim of the imbeciles running planet Earth. Nothing negative can be proved in a Court of Law except that accusers are idiots. The doping agency must be sacked and replaced with people who have an IQ over 90. This is a case of 'If you say it loud enough and long enough, people will believe it' So what we are dealing with is "Mass Hypnotic Suggestion' that Lance is a cheat. Think about this 'If over 500 tests failed' what is really going on. Lance is innocent so get over it.

    October 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Kyma222

      Yes of course. And Lance Armstrong gave over a million dollars to Dr. Ferrari just for giggles. The team used decompression chamber to relax, not to avoid detection. And he teammates George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton, David Zabriskie, Michael Barry, Levi Leipheimer, Floyd Landis, Christina Vande Valde, Tom Danielson, Fanke Andreu, Jonathon Vaughters testified of doping because they dislike Lance.
      And....lets not forget, Levi Lepheimer Christian Vande Velde, George Hincapie, David Zabriskie, Tom Danielson and Michael Barry are willing to accept current suspensions in their career to take down Lance because um.........well, must be a huge conspiracy against Lance. It all makes sense now.

      October 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Adam

      I want to believe,I love the sport and have followed it closely for 34 years. Hearing Dave, George and Levi gives me doubts about the reality of Lance being innocent. With all of my heart I can say this sport changed my life forever and hold cycling to a higher standard. Cycling is the hardest sport in the world and I understand how tempting it can be to gain a edge, just don't want it to be true. I will always love riding and think this has no affect on how I feel about racing, riding to me is about personal triumph and always will be.

      October 13, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • will

      Phil

      You should read the report.You would not sound like you do.
      It is not just 26 witnesses,it is emails,bank statements,etc.For cycling lovers like myself,it is a horrible read.
      But just to clarify,are you actually saying only catching a criminal act on tape is acceptable evidence in a trial?

      October 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Colin

      As a guess Phil you haven't read the USADA report. You keep on clutching at that 500 test straw.

      October 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm |

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