Hamilton Applauds Lance Armstrong’s Doping Admission

Tyler Hamilton, the former U.S. Postal Service teammate of Lance Armstrong for his first three Tour de France wins, experienced happiness on Armstrong coming out clean during his interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The interview felt “surreal,” says Hamilton, who admitted to using performance enhancing drugs two years ago. Hamilton said of his former teammate that Armstrong was a broken man and he could not believe his eyes and added that it is not fun to see a destroyed Lance Armstrong. However, he was not sure why his former teammate has decided to come forward now after years of denials. Hamilton, who wrote the book “The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs,” said it is good that Armstrong took the first step, a positive step by admitting to making use of performance enhancing drugs for all seven Tour de France and that is indeed a huge burden taking off his back.

Hamilton believes his former teammate still has much more work to do though Armstrong has admitted to doping. He said the next step for Armstrong would be to tell the entire truth to USADA like who introduced him that first time to doping products and added that this would be good for the seven-time winner of Tour de France who was banned for life and stripped of all his titles, including the Olympic bronze medal. Tyler Hamilton also added that this would be good for the sport of cycling and said he believes his ex-teammate might not fully be aware of the extent and magnitude of the lies he spun over the years. He went on to add that Armstrong is a fighter and it was nice for him to say, “I’m flawed,” and he is really excited with his progress.

During his interview with Oprah Winfrey, the disgraced cycling champion admitted to using using banned substances such as cortisone, EPO, blood transfusions, human growth hormone, and testosterone and said he indulged into doping for all his Tour de France wins.

Armstrong, the American former professional road racing cyclist, began competing as a triathlete at the age of 16 and became a national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990. He then started his career as a professional cyclist in 1992 with the Motorola team and won the 1993 World Championship, Clásica de San Sebastián in 1995, an overall victory in the penultimate Tour DuPont, and a stage win to Limoges in the Tour de France. Diagnosed in October 1996 with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs, Lance Armstrong founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support in 1997 after being declared cancer-free the same year. While facing a US federal investigation into doping allegations, the cyclist announced his retirement from competitive cycling on February 16, 2011. On October 22, 2012, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the sport’s governing body, announced its decision to accept the findings of the United States Anti-Doping Agency that stated that Armstrong enforced “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

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