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Floyd Landis took to the airwaves on Friday to repeat his charges that his former U.S. Postal Service teammates — among them Lance Armstrong — transfused their own blood and used banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Landis told ABC’s “Nightline” over the course of a 90-minute interview that he saw Armstrong take transfusions, and that the seven-time Tour de France champion gave him testosterone patches.
“Lance Armstrong handed me some testosterone patches,” Landis said. “It’s just a little patch that you put on your skin. It’s not like it’s a — I mean, a blood transfusion is a bit more dramatic. It’s a large needle. And it’s blood. But a patch that delivers testosterone? A transdermal patch? Not anything dramatic.”
Armstrong attorney Tim Herman rejected Landis’ allegations, saying that his client has undergone some 300 doping controls and never tested positive.
“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.”
But Landis remained adamant, and said that the problem of drugs in pro cycling goes far beyond his old teammate.
“If I’m taking on Lance Armstrong, then that should be evidence enough that there’s a problem with the system, because I’m saying it — a bunch of people did it,” Landis said. “Look. At some point, people have to tell their kids that Santa Claus isn’t real. I hate to be the guy to do it, but it’s just not real.”
ABC has posted excerpts from the interview on the “Nightline” Web site.