Landis: 'I saw Lance Armstrong using drugs'

BY foxsports • July 24, 2010

Disgraced U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis again leveled drug cheat allegations at seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong on Friday in his first television interview since admitting his own drug use.

Landis, speaking on ABC's "Nightline," said he saw Armstrong use performance-enhancing drugs and undergo blood transfusions -- a practice banned in professional sport as it gives athletes an advantage by increasing their endurance.

"Rather than go into the entire detail of every single time I've seen it, yes," Landis said. "I saw Lance Armstrong using drugs."

He also said Armstrong had supplied him with testosterone patches.

When asked if he thought Armstrong, who has never failed a doping test, was a fraud, Landis said: "Well, it depends on what your definition of fraud is."

"I mean ... if he didn't win the Tour, someone else that was doped would have won the Tour. In every single one of those Tours," he added.

Landis, a former member of U.S. Postal, won the Tour de France in 2006 while riding for Phonak, only to be stripped of the title after testing positive for testosterone.

Having consistently claimed his innocence for years, Landis finally confessed to doping in May.

In interviews with The Wall Street Journal in May, Landis detailed how he had used performance-enhancing drugs extensively during his career, and alleged that Armstrong and some others had done the same.

Landis also claimed bicycles provided by Trek were sold, rather than given to team riders, to raise funds for the team's doping program.

Armstrong's attorney Tim Herman responded to Landis' claims Friday and called him a liar.

"I know [Armstrong] to be an athlete that comes along once every couple of generations," Herman said.

"He is extremely focused. He's gifted physically in ways that are very unique and he is disciplined, dedicated. He's the hardest working athlete I've ever been around. But he's also extremely devoted and committed to his cancer work.

"Landis is a confessed perjurer and he is a liar, and I think, as Lance said ... when you taste milk to see if it's sour, you take a first taste and you don't have to drink the whole carton to know it's all sour."