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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lance Armstrong Doping Story Points Toward S.F. Company

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 7:54 AM

It's about the EPO.
  • It's about the EPO.

CBS' 60 Minutes shook the sporting world Sunday with extraordinary doping accusations involving the seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

According to Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong dosed his own teammates post-race with

droppers-full of steroids, received illicit transfusions of

oxygen-rich blood, and helped in the distribution of banned doping products.

But the 60 Minutes episode also included subtler details drawing potential doping culpability away from Armstrong, and toward team managers working for San Francisco financier Thomas Weisel.

The big news in Sunday evening's 60 Minutes piece was an interview with ex-Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton, an Olympic gold medalist now serving an eight-year ban for doping violations unrelated to Armstrong.

Last July, at about the same time news reports emerged that Hamilton had agreed to speak with federal officials, Armstrong hired a criminal defense attorney. The coincidence seemed portentious because Hamilton had long been considered a potential Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano of cycling, in which a ringleader's lieutenant is so well-placed that his information could bring down an entire organization.

Hamilton didn't disappoint, alleging Armstrong doped during at least three Tour de France wins.

But Hamilton also made statements that seemed to steer the United States Postal Service doping story away from Armstrong, and toward the Tour champion's one-time patron and business partner, Weisel.

UP NEXT: The connection between Armstrong, Weisel, and the USPS racing team.

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