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Lance Armstrong is a liar -- and Boulder's Tyler Hamilton told us so two years ago

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Armstrong and Ritter.
Hard to believe that just over two years ago, Lance Armstrong was appearing at the State Capitol with then-Governor Bill Ritter to announce the launch of what is now known as the USA Pro Challenge. His association with the race is long over, and so is his credibility following last night's interview with Oprah Winfrey, when he admitted to lying about blood doping and so much more. His confession confirms what his critics have been saying for years -- among them Boulder's Tyler Hamilton, who pointed the finger at Armstrong on 60 Minutes back in 2011.

As we noted last year, Armstrong's fall has been a long time coming. Well over a decade ago, when he was still winning Tour de France accolades that have since been stripped from him, a friend of mine who works at ESPN The Magazine told me he had sources who felt certain the Live Strong hero had been improperly enhancing his pedaling performances, and those whispers grew steadily louder as time went on. Indeed, Floyd Landis, another Boulder cyclist, branded Armstrong a charlatan in May 2010. But in the months that followed the August 2010 team-up of Armstrong and Ritter at the State Capitol to announce what was originally dubbed the Quiznos Pro Challenge, they became impossible to ignore.

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Armstrong was the center of attention at the bike race announcement.
In April 2011, Bicycling editor and Tour de Lance author Bill Strickland joined the Armstrong-is-doping chorus. Then, that May, Hamilton -- himself an accused doper -- stepped up with his damning, and totally on-point, allegations.

Afterward, Armstrong and Hamilton got into a pissy altercation at an Aspen bar. One account of the dust-up quotes Armstrong as telling his onetime teammate on the U.S. Postal Service bike team, "We're going to destroy you on the witness stand and we're going to make your life a living hell."

Not so much. Armstrong's bullying days are over, once and for all. Look below to see the 2011 60 Minutes report featuring Hamilton and Armstrong's passionate claims of innocence, followed by two web extras from the broadcast.

More from our Sports archive: "Lance Armstrong a doper? Boulder's Floyd Landis says 'yes.'"

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23 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Dope was as common in cycling as it was in the Majors when every team had at least one, 50+ HR,  hitter .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Lyin' Brian Vicente and Mendacious Mason Tvert are demonstrable repeated LIARS about A64 ... why haven't you called them out on it yet, eh Michael?

Harvey
Harvey

Hamilton and Landis are worse than Armstrong.  Not only are they worse at hiding their doping, they're snitches and weasels too.  I'll take a smart arrogant liar loyalist over a stupid arrogant liar turncoat anyday.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Lance LIEstrong = Criminal Scum

He should be stripped of ALL the millions of $$$ he obtained via this systematic fraud, forced to pay compensatory damages to ALL those he attacked, destroyed and denied their rightful winnings and endorsements, and sent to PRISON like Bernie Madoff.



Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

So he lied, but his lie allowed for him to raise millions for cancer research. Compared to what a lot of athletes do these days, he isn't that bad. Ray Lewis probably murdered two dudes and he is being hailed as a saint in his swan song year.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Now the entire cycling sport can claim to be clean, even though doping is pervasive.

Chris Handel
Chris Handel

Wayne, the question itself suggests/implies that there might be something wrong with wearing it, as if Livestrong were now illegitimate. I don't think anyone read it wrong. The question implicates Livestrong in Lance's debacle.

Wayne Lee DeNucci
Wayne Lee DeNucci

Read the question People...There asking would you Thow the bracelet out OR Would you keep it

Lauren Camel
Lauren Camel

I was given a Live Strong bracelet in a hospital waiting room after doctor's removed my brother's tumorous testicle. I will never get rid of it. fuck you.

Shannon Davidson
Shannon Davidson

He stepped down from the foundation, I hope they can go one with out him, maybe a name change....

Shannon Davidson
Shannon Davidson

Just pisses me off, my brother is dead, and that mother fucker has pumped us all full of lies....claiming in his book ( which Bryan burned) that he beat cancer because he's so healthy blah blah blah he didnt earn anything on his own and his money bought him his life....hes a fucking joke...

Chris Handel
Chris Handel

Shame on you for questioning the validity of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. This organization helps millions of people who are in the fight of their lives. Take a look at the LIVESTRONG binder, which is free and can be ordered on their website, and which provides hundreds of pages of resources and lifestyle advice for people who are battling cancer, or those whose lives are ending and they are in need of a road map to the end of the line.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Well if that's not calling the kettle black. Michael you and the Wasteword have been lying to the people of Colorado about A64 from jump. Although the proper term would be propagandizing as it's an entire rag of propagandists.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident Thanks for the post, Dissident. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Lauren Camel  ... you should have been given a LIE Strong -- made in China -- rubber bracelet.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Shannon Davidson  ... to the Lie Strong foundation.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chris Handel  ... LIE STRONG ... it's the Amerikan way!

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