Armstrong doping allegations grow

21 May 2011, last updated at 02: 51 GMT George Hincapie (L) and Lance Armstrong (2009) (Hincapie left) was "like a brother" Armstrong an other teammate said of cyclist Lance Armstrong, it is reported that he use performance-enhancing drugs consumed said.

George Hincapie, which Armstrong once described as "like a brother" would be the latest former team member to testify against him.

Hincapie told CBS News officials had said he and Armstrong had supplied each other before the race with EPO and discussed with testosterone.

Armstrong has consistently rejected the accusations against him.

Earlier this week he wrote on Twitter: s "never a failed test." "I rest my case."

Hincapie was the most loyal teammate Armstrong's US postal team one, and rode with him in his seven tour de France victories.

But the CBS program that 60 minutes claimed that he had on an U.S. federal investigation into doping that had testified, he and Armstrong combined EPO.

Hincapie declined to participate in the program, but told reporters that it was "unfortunate, that is all people want to talk".

"I want to focus on the future of the sport what it is being done to clean itself up." "I believe in cycling and it should be supported."

He then released a statement about his Attourney, says: "I confirm that I said never '60 minutes.'" I have no idea where they get their information.

"As for the substance for the history, nothing in the ' 60 minutes can't I on something about the ongoing investigation comment."

The claims come daily to Tyler Hamilton, he and Armstrong EPO said during the tour de France 1999 used.

"I saw [EPO] in his fridge..." I saw this fit him more than once, as we all have, "said 60 minutes program. Hamilton the CBS" "Like me, many, many times."

A two year ban on so-called blood doping from 2005 to 2007 was Hamilton, 40.

A spokesman for Armstrong dismissed the allegations and accused Hamilton to search advertising.

Floyd Landis-, which US postal team drove for several years - also a number of similar allegations against Armstrong has in the past year.

Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hormone naturally produced by the kidneys. It is under the skin, red blood cells stimulate injected, and the overall effect is to increase endurance.

Armstrong won the tour de France for seven consecutive years from 1999 to 2005. He retired after the last of the triumphs.

The Texans returned to drive in the 2009 race and was in a creditable third place. He took it again in 2010 but could only manage 23rd, although he helped his team to win the team competition to Radio Shack.

After his retirement from competitive cycling the 39-year-old announced earlier this year.


source:www.bbc.co.uk

Armstrong doping allegations grow