London: Disgraced seven-time cycling world champion Lance Armstrong got banned blood booster erythropoietin, known as EPO, delivered to him against a payment during the 1999 Tour de France, according to former teammate Tyler Hamilton.
"Yeah in '99 we had a motorcycle driver...we had him follow the Tour around for the better part of three weeks. He’d stay close enough to where we were staying at the hotels to drop off at any key moment. We knew other people were going to take risks so we were gonna take it too. Lance paid him between $15000-20000 to do it," Hamilton said in a BBC radio documentary broadcast yesterday. Hamilton said they put the used syringes into drinks cans before crushing them. He was one of Armstrong’s US Postal teammates from 1998 to 2001.
"Then, as Lance had won the Tour, we would all club together to buy him a Rolex watch. Somewhere out there he’s wearing a gold Rolex watch," Hamilton revealed.