Lance Armstrong’s teammates testifying against him was probably the biggest blow to his case. The report, which has endless pages of proof stacked up against the American, reveals some shocking details of what happens in cycling. Here are extracts from the testimony of his teammates.
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Floyd Landis: Talking about a particular incident, Landis testifies, “I flew on a helicopter with Armstrong from the finish of Dauphine Libere to St Moritz, Switzerland. Upon arrival I went to defendant Armstrong’s apartment, where he gave me a package of 2.5 ml testosterone patches in front of his wife at the time, Kirsten Armstrong.”
Frankie Andreu: When he visited Lance Armstrong at the hospital, he writes in his testimony, “Among the questions asked by one of the doctors was whether Lance had used performance enhancing drugs. Lance responded that he had taken EPO, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisone and steroids.
“At a race in Spain in 1999, I recall Lance spreading out his pills on the bed and explaining how he would use certain pills at certain points in the race. He had pills for 50 kms from the end, 30 kms from the end.”
He also added that Lance allowed make-up to be applied on a bruise on his arms which was due to taking EPO injections.
Tyler Hamilton: “Dr. Michele Ferrari (the team’s doctor) came up with an olive oil- testosterone mixture that we would simply call the “oil”. The oil was to be squirted under the tongue. We would use the oil to get a recovery boost after races. On several occasions, including at least once during the 1999 Tour de France, Lance squirted the oil in my mouth following a stage of race. Lance kept a bottle of the oil in his race bag and I saw him use it on many occasions.”
Vande Velde: “The conversation left me with no question that I was in the doghouse and that the only way forward with Armstrong’s team was to get fully on Dr. Ferrari’s doping program.”
Tom Danielsen: “In Girona, and I did some training rides with Lance. Lance seemed to be very familiar with all aspects of my training program. Lance brought up the subject of out of competition drug testing and told me to be careful. He said that he felt there was going to be more targeted testing of team members that year and warned me to be careful. Referring specifically to the prospect of being tested in Girona he said “it is dangerous here.” I was told while in Girona not to answer the door and if I had to go out not to wear clothing with the team name or logo on it.
George Hincapie: “In Spain in 2000, I heard that drug testing officials were at the hotel and texted Lance to warn him to avoid the place. As a result, Lance dropped out of the race.
“In 2003 Lance Armstrong contacted me about needing to do something private at my apartment because he had guests in his. I agreed… Lance and Dr. del Moral went to me bedroom and Dr. del Moral was carrying what I thought was a blood bag. He asked to borrow a coat hanger and Lance and del Morral closed the door behind them. They were in the room for about 45 minutes to an hour which is about the time it generally takes to re-infuse a bag of blood. I know from experience that when blood is re-infused a common practice is to tape the blood bag to a coat hanger and hand the hanger on wall to facilitate transfer of blood into the vein.
“Although we did not discus this incident, I believe Dr. del Moral was re-infusing blood for Lance as he had followed a similar procedure while re-infusing my blood on prior occasions.
“While blood was re-infused during competitions in order to enhance performance, blood was also periodically re-infused at other times to keep the blood fresh.
“At another occasion during the Tour de France in 2003 or 2004 Lance said to me, ‘I am going to be 500 grams heavier today’. I understood this to mean he had received a blood transfusion.”