In case anyone actually missed Tyler Hamilton’s interview on 60 Minutes last night:
Tyler Hamilton Interview, part 1:
Tyler Hamilton Interview, part 2:
60 Minutes Overtime Interview with Scott Pelley:
Every person (with the exception of Fernando Escartin) who has finished on the podium at the Tour de France with Lance Armstrong has tested positive for some sort of banned doping substance, or has been implicated in a conspiracy for systematic doping (like Operacion Puerto) … and several of Armstrong’s former teammates, in addition to Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis, have either tested positive for some sort of doping product, or have admitted to having doped during their career.
One-time Armstrong teammates implicated in doping cases:
- Frankie Andreu – Armstrong teammate at Motorola (1993-1996) & US Postal Service (1998-2000). Admitted to using EPO to help Armstrong win 1999 Tour de France.
- Tyler Hamilton – Armstrong teammate at US Postal Service (1998-2001). Tested positive for homologous blood transfusions at 2004 Olympic Games and Vuelta a España. Admitted to doping throughout most of his career. Alleges systematic doping at US Postal Service team.
- Floyd Landis – Armstrong teammate at US Postal Service (2002-2004). Tested positive for testosterone at 2006 Tour de France. Admitted to doping throughout most of his career. Alleges systematic doping at US Postal Service team.
- Stephen Swart – Armstrong teammate at Motorola (1995-1996). Admitted using EPO at Motorola. Implicates Armstrong as strongest proponent of systematic doping program at Motorola.
- Roberto Heras – Armstrong teammate at US Postal Service (2001-2003). Tested positive for EPO at 2005 Vuelta a España.
- Manuel “Triki” Beltrán – Armstrong teammate at US Postal Service (2003-2006). Tested positive for EPO at 2008 Tour de France.
- George Hincapie – Armstrong teammate at Motorola (1994-1996) & US Postal Service/Discovery Channel (1998-2005). Reported to have testified to Federal Grand Jury about doping program at US Postal Service team.
There has been speculation that other former teammates have also testified to the Grand Jury regarding doping practices in professional cycling.
I still don’t understand how anyone can possibly believe that Lance Armstrong did not dope during his career. And for the people who want to whitewash his involvement by saying “But look at what good his foundation has done for cancer” … well, there are a number of other cancer charities out there, charities which have done a lot more to actually try to find a cure than Livestrong’s little yellow rubber bands.