Speaking before the World Cancer Congress in Montreal on Wednesday Lance Armstrong declared:
"My name is Lance Armstrong. I am a cancer survivor. I'm a father of five. And yes, I won the Tour de France seven times."
Last week Armstrong announced he would no longer defend himself against doping charges brought by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The USADA subsequently stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life from USADA sanctioned events.
Hamilton's book, "The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs" will detail, once again, the allegation that Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs in preparation for the Tour de France.
As reported by the Associated Press
, Hamilton writes that while visiting Armstrong's home prior to the '99 Tour de France he asked the cycling icon if he had any EPO. According to Hamilton, Armstrong directed him to the refrigerator for his supply. Erythropoietin is a protein which stimulates the production of red blood cells.
In the book Hamilton himself admits to doping and marks it up to a way of life.
On August 10th, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it disqualified Hamilton from the events he competed in at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Hamilton won gold in the men's time trial. Hamilton was tested while at those Olympics and failed his drug test. The IOC did not strip him of the medal at the time because it could not obtain a second sample.
In May of 2011, he told Scott Pelley of CBS News' 60 Minutes
"He took what we all took, really no difference between Lance Armstrong and I'd say the majority of the peloton, you know. There was EPO, there was testosterone."
Hamilton's book is co-authored by Daniel Coyle who is also the author of the New York Times bestseller "Lance Armstrong’s War", and "Hardball: A Season in the Projects" and is a contributing editor for Outside
Meanwhile Armstrong's former personal assistant, Mike Anderson, has penned an essay for Outside Magazine
, where he alleges Armstrong did use PEDs, but believes the cyclist's most egregious error was how he dealt with personal relationships.
Anderson writes, "Do I think he cheated? Yep. But my real problem is something that diehard fans seem unable to grasp: the vengeful tactics he uses against people who tell the truth about him, on and off the bike."