Earlier in CBS News, Ex-Teammate Tyler Hamilton told Scott Pelley that Armstrong used Erythropoietin (a banned performance enhancing drug) in 1999 which was the first year he won in Tour de France.
Medically, Erythropoietin (EPO) is used to treat anemia because it stimulates the production of red blood cells. For athletes, it means an increase in oxygen carrying capacity.
Lance Armstrong has been an inspiration to every cancer survivor around the world, the man behind Nike’s Livestrong campaign. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996 but went on to win the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005, the most prestigious cycling race covering more the 3600 km. in three weeks.
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