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i'm don lemon. tonight, for the fist time in the u.s., disgraced cycling legend lance armstrong defends himself at length on camera and under oath. first seen an australian network, this investigation by reporter quinton mcdermott features armstrong in his only on-camera deposition passionately denying the repeated use of performance enhancing drugs. friends, former teammates and experts provide damning evidence against armstrong despite his vigorous denials. >> lance armstrong salutes the crowd, seven times a winner of the tour de france. >> a moment of triumph, now turned epic disgrace. the united states anti-doping
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agency or usada says that lance armstrong was a drug cheat, part of an organized conspiracy by the u.s. postal service team to dupe the public and fool the authorities. and now cycling's governing body, the uci, has stripped him of the seven wins in the tour de france that made him one of modern sport's most celebrated icons. >> the totality of the evidence is overwhelming. you're looking at the bernie madoff of sport. this is the biggest fraud in the had history of sport. the biggest. he couldn't have done it alone. >> when big money is involved, of course the cheats come as well. >> lance armstrong entered cycling as a brash young competitor, full of enthusiasm but limited in his all-around ability. his mentor then was the australian racer phil anderson.
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did he strike you in those days as a cyclist who could eventually win the tour de france? >> for me, no. to be a good tour rider you have to be a good time trialist and a good mountain climber, and he wasn't particularly strong in those two areas. to me, he didn't have what it took in those early years. >> lance armstrong was then with the american motor ole la team, so too was new zealander steven sh wart. steven swart says in 1995 when phil anderson had left the team, the riders complained that their european opponents were doping. did you talk with lance armstrong about the need to start using epo to be competitive? >> we had a discussion about it, yeah. >> what did mr. armstrong say? >> he did say, you know, if we're going to the tour, we've got to -- we've got to perform.
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we need the results. >> what did that mean? >> i think he just said -- you didn't have to be a rocket sientist to figure it out. if we were going to be competitive, there was only one road to take. >> was there a discussion about doping in any way with mr. swart? >> the only aspect that is true is that he was on the team. beyond that, not true. >> the doping allegations arose in a cases brought by lance armstrong against an insurer based in dallas, nex nex, who provided huge bonuses paid to armstrong for winning the tour de france in successive years. >> these are the checks making the first two payments under the contract. these checks represent when he won on the 4th and the 5th, making those payments for 1.5 million and then 3 million.
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>> attorney jeff tillityson represented the insurer who rechzed to pay a further $5 million when armstrong won his sixth tour de france in 2004. >> obviously no one would want to guarantee a payment to an event that was fixed or if someone was cheating because that's a risk no one would take. >> well, was it fixed/inform well, my client and we think now the evidence clearly shows that lance armstrong was in fact using performance enhancing drugs for both the fourth, fifth, and sixth tour de france races, which are the ones my clients had risk on. we also think the evidence we developed showed that he had been using performance enhancing drugs long before we ever got involved, dating back to the beginning of his career. so in my client's mind, yes, those races were fixed. >> mr. armstrong, my name is jeff tillotson -- >> this attorney did something usada was unable to do. >> whether it's a blessing or curse, i'm the only lawyer to
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have taken sworn testimony from lance armstrong and for him to deny using performance enhancing drugs. >> you understand even though you're in the conference room of your lawyers you're giving testimony as if you were in a court of law? >> correct. >> and that penalties of perjury attach to this deposition just as they would in a court of law. >> of course. >> tonight, for the first time in the u.s., sworn depositions from lance armstrong and other key witnesses are being broadcast. this evidence laid the foundation for later investigations, including us usada's. >> armstrong has the advantage here. he's on the right side of these riders. >> lance armstrong's dream was to win the tour de france. >> lance armstrong, his first tour de france, they all said he was too young! >> in his first tour he won a stage. but three years later it looked like his dream had died.
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in this film for his cancer charity livestrong, armstrong described what happened. >> i had excruciating headaches, blurry vision, coughing up of blood. i had been debating on whether or not i should go to the doctor for a long time but finally went. he said, lance, i hate to tell you this, but you have advanced testicular cancer. maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows... ... nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. how they'll live tomorrow. for more than 116 years, ameriprise financial has worked for their clients' futures.
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look how young we all looked. >> cycling legend lance armstrong had just been diagnosed with cancer. his closest friends gathered around. among them, betsy andrew and her fiance frankie, who was close to armstrong and rode with him on his team. >> frankie, lance. >> armstrong was due to consult with his doctors. what happened next shocked betsy andrew to the core. >> when the doctors came, i suggested we leave to give him his privacy. and he said, that's okay, you can stay. so we stayed, the dr asked lance a couple of banal questions, and
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then, boom, have you ever used performance enhancing drugs? he rattled off -- my eyes popped out of my head and frankie said, i think we should left the room, and we left the room. and frankie and i had just been engaged six weeks previously. and i said, that's how he got his cancer. if you are doing that, i am not marrying you. we can stay, we can stay. >> years later, betsy and p frankie andrew recalled under oath what had happened. >> the doctor asked him a couple of questions and then came the question, have you ever taken any performance enhancing drugs? and lance said, yes, the doctor said what were they? and he said, epo, growth hormone, cortizone, steroids, and testosterone. >> what is it mr. armstrong said in response to the doctor asking him about use of performance enhancing drugs? >> i don't know how the doctor phrased the question but lance's
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response was that he had taken epo and testosterone and growth hormone and cortizone. >> also in the hospital that day was stephanie mcelle vain who worked as a rep for one of lance armstrong's main sponsors, oakley. >> after we were deposed, the day after, stephanie called, sobbing. stephanie told me that her husband was called into one of the higher-ups of the company where he is vice president of global marketing for oakley, one of lances's sponsors, and stephanie was told, if you make the company look bad, you're going to lose your job. and so we said, that's it, she's going to lie. she's going to lie. she's not going to say it happened. >> were you ever in a hospital room or another part of the hospital with mr. armstrong where he said anything about performance aenhancing drugs? >> no. >> did you have any recollection of any doctor in your presence
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asking mr. armstrong if he used in the past any performance enhancing drugs or substances? >> no. >> stephanie mcilvane gave her sworn deposition at oakley's headquarters in california. >> greg le monday in the leader's jersey. >> greg le mond was a three-time winner of the tour de france who insisted he never took drugs. >> lemond had fallen out with lance armstrong who he suspected of doping. and in 2004, he and stephanie mcilvain about what occurred in the hospital.
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>> i heard from a source outside of the group here of what happened at the hospital, and betsy and i have talked a little bit, but -- and i'm not asking you to do anything you would never want to do, but, you know, if i did get down to where it was a, you know, lawsuit, would you be willing to testify or -- >> if i was subpoenaed, i would. >> yeah. >> because i'm not going to lie. you know, i was in that room. i heard it. >> what stephanie mcilvain was that greg la mond was secretly recording that conversation. >> lance armstrong's lawyers immediately backed off this issue and we presented to the panel that xstephanie mcilva ha told two different stories about what happened in the hospital. >> in her last public statement, mcilvane insisted she had no
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knowledge of lance armstrong ever using performance enhancing drugs and armstrong and his doctors also maintained that he was never asked about them. >> do you deny the statements that ms. andreu attributed to you at the indiana university hospital? >> 100%. absolutely. >> did any medical person ask you while you were at the indiana university hospital whether you had used any sort of performance enhancing drugs or substances? >> nope, absolutely not. >> can you offer or you can help explain to me why ms. andrew would make that story up? >> well, she said in her deposition she hates me. >> is it your testimony that mr. andrew was also lying when he said that he heard you say those things regarding -- >> 100%. i feel for him. >> what do you mean by that? >> well, i think he's trying to back up his old lady.
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>> how has lance armstrong treated you following this incident? >> oh, i mean, had what he's -- how he has described me to people he presumed would never meet me is pretty amazing. think of just any derogatory adjecti adjective, and, you know, i'm basically nuts, just crazy. i'm really jealous, i'm hateful, i'm vindictive, i'm bitter. and so this has been a quest to clear my name because i never, ever, ever lied about anything. ever. >> two days after the andreus gave their sworn evidence, university of indiana announced an endowment of $1.5 million endowment to honor the doctor whose team treated armstrong for cancer. the endowment was funded by the
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throughout the 1990s,
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cyclists and their teams worked hard to cover up the increasing use of performance enhancing drugs. their job was made easier by the fact that the drug of choice in the peloton at the time, the blood booster epo, was undetectible. so popular was epo that the peloton invented a term for riders who didn't use it. >> the translation was riding on bread and water. the italian term is -- so i was, yeah, i guess for the first few months of the '97 season i was riding on bread and water. >> tyler hamilton's revelations about drug taking in cycling have created headlines around the world. like many top racers, tyler hamilton started out as a drug-free rider. but when he joined the u.s.
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postal service team, he saw veteran riders getting preferential treatment, they would be given white lunch bags between races. he wanted his lunch bag, too. >> the doctor at u.s. postal service said i had enormous potential so basically eventually when i was invited -- when i was given my first white lunch bag, you know, it was a sign to me that they believed in me, they believed in my potential and believed in my long-term talent. >> the lunch bags contained the banned drug epo designed to raise a cyclist's him at credit level. >> your himatocrit is the level of red blood cells in your body. they carry oxygen to your muscle. the higher your percentage the better your muscles are going to
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operate under stress, so in laymen's termstion the more red blood cells you have, the faster you're going to ride a bike. >> so what was the doctor's solution to raising those levels? >> couple months before, maybe a month and a half before my first tour de france, it was epo. >> under uci rules at the time, riders were allowed a himatocrit level of 50% but no higher. tyler hamilton says doctors would tell riders what their glow time was with different drugs. >> you were given the limits on, you know, what product would -- how long you would glow for, how long you would test positive for. as long as you played by what the team doctors told you, it was more or less pretty much -- at the time it was pretty easy to pass the tests. i passed a couple hundred doping controls myself, you know.
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>> when lance armstrong joined the u.s. postal service team in 1998, following his recovery from cancer, he shared a room with tyler hamilton. did you both talk about drugs together? >> we did. we did. you know, it didn't -- it wasn't -- every conversation wasn't about drugs, but, yeah, we talked about it behind closed doors, absolutely. absolutely. '98 i was pretty green so i asked a lot of questions, and, you know, i learned a lot. >> so he was quite open with you. >> tyler hamilton says lance armstrong was sprieszingly relaxed where he kept his epo. >> when i was at his house in nice,s france, i asked him for some and he kindly said, yeah, no problem. and it was just on the inside door of his refrigerator, just in the box that it came in. you know, i was spriedzed it was right there, just kind of out in
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the open. >> french police began investigations into banned droi drugs including steroids found in one of the team cars in july 8th. a doctor was charged under france's anti-drugs act. >> as the 1998 tour de france got under way, the lid was blown off systematic doping in the peloton. >> it was pretty clear there was a major problem. the french police are arresting team members or followers with industrial quantities of doping substances and equipment. >> the following year, the tour de france was billed as the tour of renewable. teams were terrified of being raided, but lance armstrong came prepared with a deliveryman in tow called motoman. >> motoman was this
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gardener/handyman for lance armstrong. the team i was on didn't carry performance enhancing drugs, so to get epo for the tour de france we came up with the mrab and the plan had motoman involved where he would follow the race, always stay within probably a half hour drive of our, motorcycle drive, from our hotel. he basically had the container filled with epo and he would basically just wait for a phone call on a secret phone. when he had to do a delivery, he'd do a delivery. >> and armstrong coming up now. can he get off to a great start in the tour de france? he is aiming at 8:09. he's certainly ahead at this point. goodness me, lance armstrong with that performance, paul, i think may have done enough. >> this is where the legend began. on the very first day of his comeback tour de france, lance armstrong won the prologue. >> lance armstrong has delivered a great blow.
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>> three weeks later, less than three years after being diagnosed with cancer, he won his first tour de france. it would be the first of seven. >> he came back again and again and again, winning tour after tour, and he did it seven times. and of course it's a record. nobody's ever done it, and it's for many people -- for many people it was unacceptable. it was impossible to do that without taking drugs. >> what do you think? >> look, i admit i've been very proud to commentator armstrong over the years because i've seen a man, see how he's battled the elements how he's come forward and i'm very sad. what do i think? everybody else did it so i find it very difficult not to think lance did it. [ male announcer ] at scottrade,
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lance armstrong was charging to victory in the tour de france, cycling's biggest race. but the evidence suggests he was doping big-time. tyler hamilton says that after finishing a stage, he, armstrong, and their teammate kevin livingston would inject themselves with epo in the team's camper just meters from the excited fans outside. >> go, baby! >> that was nerve-racking
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because you're right there in the heart of the tour de france, thousands and thousands of people around, hovering around the team camper, and we had this performance enhancing drug. i remember just trying to get rid of it as quickly as possible because there was one for lance, one for kevin, one for myself. you quickly stuck it in, got rid of it, and then it was quickly hidden away, typically in like a coke can, all three vials. we'd crush it, give it to a team doctor to dispose. >> but it didn't go all to plan. lance armstrong was tested for drugs during the tour, and one of his samples revealed a significant level of a banned court co-steroid. emma o'reilly was a swan yair on the team whose duties included given armstrong a massage after the rides. during one of these massages she says an urgent discussion took
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place between armstrong and the team's management. >> the conversation that was occurring really was, what are we going to do, here's the problem. we need a solution. and how do we act upon the solution? and are we happy with the solution? so it was -- the problem was lance had tested high in the cortizone, the solution was potential prescription. what was the prescription for? why was he taking it? are we all happy with that? yeah, we're happy with that. all right, let's go down and speak with luis, the team doctor, and get him to write the prescription. >> dr. luis dell morale has been issued a lifetime sporting ban by the u.s. anti-doping agency, usada. emma o'reilly says the doctor gave armstrong a steroid cream and back-dated it. >> had he complained to you about saddle sores? >> no, no. it wasn't about saddle sores.
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the whole thing was just a back-tated prescription to help kind of explain his elevated cortizone level in the test. >> of course, if he had been prescribed this cream, then it should have been listed as a -- on the therapeutic exemption. >> yeah. and it wasn't because he wasn't taking the cream. it was just purely back-dated to cover up that cortizone elevation, yeah. will the back-dated prescription was rigged to suit the test. >> when she was subpoenaed to give sworn evidence, emma o'reilly insisted that her memory was clear. >> is there any doubt in your mind as to what happened and what you heard? >> none whatsoever. at all. i can still to this day picture the whole scene vividly. >> she was labeled a traitor by lance armstrong. she was told she'd never work in the business again by the armstrong group. we found her to be xmreem
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creamily credible on the issues and the things she said she had seen and done. >> lance armstrong escaped being sanctioned for having a banned court i co-steroid in his system. in 2000, a test w$2000, a test for epo. tyler hamilton says that he and lance armstrong continued to dope, using microdoses of epo which would pass through the body more rapidly and an undetectible type of doping, blood transfusions. under this procedure, blood would be taken from a cyclist, stored in a refrigerator, and then reinfused at a later date, boosting the cyclist's red blood cells. >> it seemed kind of -- sort of caveman-like, taking out your own blood, not seeing it for three or four weeks, then getting it back in. reinfusing it back in. >> who was organizing all of
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that? >> lance and, you know, dr. dell bra phenomenal. >> johannes bra kneel, once the director of the u.s. postal team says he will fight the charges at an arbitration later this year. neither bra kneel nor dr. luis demorale has been charged with a crime. both deny the allegations, though tyler hamilton tells a different story. he says after stage 11 of the 2000 tour de france, he and armstrong and kevin livingston had their blood reinfused. everything was handled by the team's management. >> we were in this small hotel. it was pretty wild. i arrived in my room, and the staff had sort of prepared everything, the doctors, and
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there was a blood bag taped up on the wall, hanging from the wall, and a red tube come -- a tube filled with blood coming down. basically, you know, they injected me here. i have pretty small veins so the one place that always worked was right there. you can see the scars today. >> tyler hamilton says the three riders lay on beds in adjoining rooms with an open door between them. could you see lance armstrong? >> yeah. the question's been asked a lot. yeah, i saw him. i saw his bag of blood and saw it in his arm, yeah. >> they were taking a huge gamble. >> i'm just glad we didn't get caught. i would have been -- we all
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would have been. serious stuff. now looking back, oh, my dpogod what was i doing? but you're so deep into it, you know, you don't even have time to take a half step back and look at the big picture. >> in 2005, lance armstrong denied under oath ever having received a blood transfusion. >> you've never used your own blood for doping purposes, for example? >> that would be banned. >> i'm not trying toage tailt you. just trying to make sure your testimony is clear. >> okay. >> all right. >> the whole point of blood doping is to increase the number of red cells in your circulation. the blood transfusions have the advantage of not being detectible, even today. we don't have a foolproof method of establishing when an athlete has reinfused their own blood. >> so does that mean that
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drugs. >> in french, it means that, yes, is a liar but all history is a liar. all history. double sentence in french. >> what was the reaction? >> dem iran recess yoe, a journalist, wrote a story that the newspaper had proof that lance armstrong took epo during the 1999 tour de france. >> his victory, and
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. >> lance armstrong swears he has never taken performance enhancing drugs and that in over 500 tests throughout his career he never once tested positive. but the stronger scientific evidence that he was doping comes from this highly specialized french laboratory. testers here found clear evidence of epo in samples which were later identified as lance armstrong's. during the '99 tour which armstrong won, urine samples from the riders were sent to this lab on the outskirts of paris to be tested. so what is this room? >> this room is the -- room. in this room we perform the
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anti-doping analysis for review. >> at the time, a test for epo was still not ready. >> the test for detection of epo was develop nd this laboratory. it took a very long time, it took about six years to develop this test, and it was ready in 2000. >> four years later, as part of the lab's research but not as part of a formal testing process, the 1999 samples were reexamined, and some were found to contain the banned drug. six samples given by lance armstrong were found to contain epo. why was it only revealed years later that these samples belonged to lance armstrong? >> it was only a coincidence of events. a journalist requested from the cycling governing body,s the uci, to have access to some of
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lance armstrong's doping control forms. the uci voluntarily gave all of armstrong's forms from that race to the journalist, who then cross-matched the led numbers on the forms with the samples that had been analyzed quite separately by the laboratory, and he was the one that matched the led numbers to the samples that contained epo. >> the lines here are a delineation -- >> mike ashen done is a former independent expert for the uci who helped develop a blood test for epo for the sydney olympics. which of these samples belongs to lance armstrong? >> if we go to the doping control form, we see 160297, and that corresponds with this sample here, 160 297 and we see that for that sample there was 100% basic ice owe forms, which tells us that the system was
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flooded with synthetic epo when that sample was provided. >> at what stage in the tour was that taken? >> that was the prologue, that was the first day of the '99 tour. >> is there any doubt in your mind that the positive results for epo were scientifically correct? >> yes, there are scientifically correct. >> do you know whether or not the samples -- >> when questioned about this under oath, lance armstrong put forward an alternative explanation. >> i can only believe that they either are not mine or have been manipulated because when i pissed in the bottle, as i told you earlier, having never taken performance enhancing drugs, there was not epo in that piss, or urine. >> lance armstrong, when he criticized those results, alleged that maybe those samples had been spiked or manipulated.
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in 2005, an investigation by the french newspaper leqipe released that six of lance armstrong's blood samples from the 199 tour de france contained the banned substance epo. but the uci took no action against armstrong. >> rather than open their doors and say, let's try and understand what's going on here inside of our sport, they instead, as far as i could work out, tried to shut the case down. >> should the uci have acted on those results? >> in my view? of course they should have. they had the power to say, all right, you doped, you're out. >> on one other occasion, the uci chose not to act.
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in 2001, tyler hamilton alleges lance armstrong tested positive for epo. >> the right people were on our side. >> the test occurred during that year's tour of switzerland. tyler hamilton says lance armstrong's adviser on doping had told armstrong to take micro doses of epo to ensure he didn't test positive. he said that in all, lance armstrong paid the doctor more than $1 million for his doping advice. but on this occasion, it went wrong. >> he told me he had a positive test for epo, which was very surprising because it seemed like it was foolproof. >> my understanding is that a sample had been provided and analyzed by the laboratory and
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they had found that there was evidence of synthetic epo in that sample. >> while ferrari denies all allegations against him, he has been banned for life. the uci says tyler hamilton's claims about the 2001 test result are completely unfounded. but less than a year after the tour of switzerland, lance armstrong wrote a personal check to the uci for $25,000. and he pledged a further $100,000 in 2005. in his sworn evidence, armstrong's recollection of his donations was vague. >> you have made a contribution or donation to the uci, have you not? >> i have, yeah. >> do you know when that was made? >> some years ago. i don't recall exactly. >> 2000, for example? >> i don't know. >> was it -- was there anything
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that occasioned that, that you recall? like i'm doing it for x or y or z? >> i'm doing it to fund the fight against doping. >> for an athlete to be paying money to the people who police him, it's unconscionable. >> to have somebody who's at the center of the controversy make this kind of a donation to the organization that has the power to sanction him sets up an impossible conflict of interest. >> lance armstrong is not alone among drug cheats. since 1998, more than a third of the top ten finishers in the tour de france have been linked to doping. but the will of the uci to shut down the doping networks has been doubted by many. this is a former cyclist who questions the uci's commitment to stamp out systematic doping
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in the top teams. from his earliest days as a professional, he was told how the system works. >> everyone on our team does it, the team pays for it. yeah, so i was confronted with the situation, that there is organized doping in cycling. >> he and tyler hamilton's careers hit the skids when in 2006 spanish police conducted a raid on a doctor in madrid and found blood bags, drugs and paperwork implicated them and other cyclists. yerg has raced with several different teams but when he met the uci to tell them everything he knew, he said they failed to act on his detailed revelations. >> as far as i know, no one of my team managers of my team doctors got questioned by the uci. there was no written accusation, nothing. it's like having a deceased body, a dead body in your basement.
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it stinks a little bit after a while and it's going to come up more and more and more. and one day, the police is going to find it and the information is there. the uci did very little or nothing about it. so it's their problem the basement stinks. >> just recently, the uci finally took action, stripping armstrong of his seven tour de france titles. now more than ever, it's not about the bike, it's about the truth. >> i was kicking and screaming when i had to tell the truth. but little did i know it was the best thing i ever could have done. >> what lance never had was the truth, which is more powerful than the corrupt athlete. >> how could it have taken place -- >> whether lance armstrong will ever confess to doping remains to be seen. in 2005, his denials were passionate. >> how many times do i have to say it? >> i'm just trying to make sure your testimony is clear. >> well, if it can't be any clearer that i've never taken
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drugs, then incidents like that could have never happened. how clear is that? >> it was really hard for us to tell if lance actually believed what he was telling and had convinced himself that he hadn't done these things or that he was just a very persuasive liar. >> the attorney and the insurer are demanding the return of the bonus money paid to armstrong, even threatening further legal action. lance armstrong has been stripped of his titles, high-profile sponsorships, much of his prize money and leadership role at livestrong. but he says he's moving on and will not be distracted from his work with livestrong and the fight to beat cancer. the stakes could hardly be higher. >> i know the hope he gives to cancer survivors. i don't know if he is proved to have taken drugs, how he can face any of these people because
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he can call up barack obama, he has his cell phone number on his cell phone. how can you call up these people knowing that you've taken drugs all your live to cheat to seven tours? it's a problem i wouldn't want. >> if you have a doping offense or you test positive, it goes without saying that you're fired from all of your contracts, not just the team. but there's numerous contracts that i have that would all go away. >> sponsorship agreements, for example? >> all of them. and the faith of all the cancer survivors -- everything i do off the bike would go away, too. and don't think for a second i don't understand that. it's not about money for me. everything. it's also about the faith that people have put in me over the years. all of that would be erased. i don't need it to say in a contract, you're fired if you test positive.
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that's not as important as losing the support of hundreds losing the support of hundreds of millions of people. -- captions by vitac -- in a written statement, armstrong's lawyers assert that testimony from key witnesses contradicts what they had previously testified to under oath and that witnesses testified only after they knew they wouldn't be subject to cross-examination. he responds by saying that armstrong is trying to continue to cover up but the evidence has revealed the truthut


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