Tyler Hamilton throws Lance Armstrong under the bike over doping on 60 Minutes (VIDEOS)

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Plenty of people have accused bike icon Lance Armstrong of doping, including Tour De Lance author Bill Strickland. But finger-pointing by Boulder-based Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong's onetime teammate on the U.S. Postal Service Team, has had the greatest impact by far, in part because of the platform he used: 60 Minutes, which last night aired a lengthy and damning exposé delivered by newly named CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley. See it and more below.

CBS clearly wants to make it as difficult as possible for Armstrong's camp to dismiss the report. Online extras also on view here include a special package about the assembling of the report and a special feature on Hamilton that focuses on his background -- including his willingness to pedal hurt. The subtext suggests that this isn't simply a cash grab on the part of Hamilton, whose career was essentially ended by positive blood tests, but a credible allegation capable of staining Armstrong's "Live Strong" motto with the bitterest irony.

Here's the two-part 60 Minutes report on Armstrong, who helped former governor Bill Ritter announce a new Colorado pro bike last August, followed by the aforementioned web extras:

More from our Sports archive: "Lance Armstrong: Has he retired from involvement in USA Pro Cycling Challenge?"

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Sprocket
Sprocket

This guy was so incredibly evasive with his answers that he lost all credibility by the third sentence.  For example, direct question:  "Did you see Lance Armstrong take EPO?" Answer (with eyes shifting):  "Well...we were all taking EPO."

The answer is "yes" or "no".

I had to laugh out loud when he got to the whole "white lunch bag" conspiracy.  Hilarious!  "Everyone was getting a white lunch bag full of doping materials except me!  I finally felt like one of the team when I got one, whew!"

What a joke.

Robert
Robert

Athletes employ technology to enhance their performance.  Rather than attempting to ban all such means, which is demonstrably invasive, expensive, and ineffective, we should only penalize those that hurt athletes.  We should focus on disclosure and egregious cases in which people may be harming themselves or those they are supposed to be helping by undertaking medical interventions likely to cause harm.

Instead of developing a cult of personality around top racers, we should set about making where we live safe for bicycling and get on one ourselves.  In certain civilised places, notably Holland, bicycles tranport people and their goods far more than they do here.  All we have to do is roll the suburbs up into a planned, urban space 1/10 the area now occupied by the ugly sprawl all around us.  Bicycling could be one of our most important means of transportation, maintaining health, and of not consuming imported fossil fuels -- if only we hadn't surrendered our country to greedheads long ago, we would not have this ridiculous, affected view of cycling as only sport.

Secondsout850
Secondsout850

 I saw Tyler win the Nationals a couple of years ago. He is a great racer and in my book a great stand up guy. Anyone who thought that Lance could beat the guys that were doping without doping himself is a fool. Way to go Tyler. It was a pleasure to watch you race. Best of luck in the future.

Cam
Cam

Hamilton was extremely detailed and persuasive. The fact that he was nervous about exposing himself and his sport is understandable. He also risks jail time if he lies. Unfortunately, the Armstrong sycophants will continue to defend the man at every turn. Everyone else is the liar and cheat but him. Most of Armstrong's teammates have been caught but Lance wasn't involved, knew nothing. He is so pure.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for the post. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Sprocket
Sprocket

He doesn't risk jail time if he lies to 60 Minutes...so give a straight answer.  Also, he told of alot of instances that would have physical evidence that is documented and can be retrieved such as shipping (delivery receipts), droppers, and other physical evidence.  If he was so hesitant to participate over fear of getting caught and then not believed, why didn't he hold on to SOMETHING.  Oh, because he has a book to sell.  After all, what else is a disgraced cyclist going to do?  Live off of his infamy.  Doubting a known liar and cheat isn't sycophancy, but believing one is.  He's making the allegation.  It's his burden to prove it up with something other than his word, which is worth nothing. 

Cam
Cam

If Hamilton's story to "60 Minutes" differs from the one he told the Feds, he certainly risks jail time.

As for your other assertions, why would Hamilton hold onto evidence from 10+ years ago? I doubt anyone keeps doping souvenirs. Those things get discarded as quickly as possible.

Hamilton never mentioned his book on the program and will be lucky to make a dime from it much less live off it.

You must not be familiar with either cycling or doping in general. Dopers know dopers, and cycling dopers even more so within a team. It's why authorities in the sport demand that those caught spill on who else is using and distributing. To use another sport, Roger Clemens is in trouble because fellow user Andy Pettite testified against him. Jose Canseco told of Mark McGwire's drug use and that turned out to be accurate.

Finally, Hamilton doesn't have to prove anything. He simply gave testimony to the Feds when subpoenaed. He initially turned the Feds request to testify down, something that doesn't exactly make him look like he's out to get Armstrong.

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