George Hincapie Tells Feds Lance Armstrong Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

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05/20/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Lance Armstrong pulls George Hincapie in the 2005 Dauphine Libere. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Lance Armstrong pulls George Hincapie in the 2005 Dauphine Libere. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

George Hincapie Tells Feds Lance Armstrong Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

A report by "60 Minutes" says George Hincapie, a longtime member of Lance Armstrong's inner circle and now riding for Team BMC Racing, has told federal authorities he saw the seven-time Tour de France winner use performance-enhancing drugs.

committees on an investigation.

"60 Minutes" also released an excerpt from another Armstrong teammate, Frankie Andreu, who said he took banned substances because lesser riders he believed were doping were passing him during races.

"Things were just getting faster and faster and sprinters were getting over the big mountains and winning, you know, climbing stages," Andreu said in the interview. "There's 200 guys flying over these mountains and you can't even stay in the group. And it's just impossible to keep up. And it's like, 'What the hell's going on here?'"

After the Hamilton and Andreu interviews went public, Armstrong launched a website refuting the claims and calling into question the credibility of Andreu, Hamilton and Landis. He also posted a letter addressed to CBS News, calling the "60 Minutes" reporting "disgraceful journalism."

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