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May232011

Lance Armstrong Doping Investigation Widens

Morne de Klerk/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A federal investigation into Lance Armstrong and doping in cycling continues to expand, as now a second and a third teammate are reportedly telling investigators that the seven-time Tour de France champion used performance enhancing drugs during his reign at the top of the cycling world.

Tyler Hamilton, a close friend and U.S. Postal Service teammate of Armstrong's, told CBS 60 Minutes in a report that aired Sunday night the same thing that he says he told a federal grand jury -- that he saw Armstrong use a variety of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) when they raced.

The statements from Hamilton, who rode with Armstrong from 1999 to 2001, match the story that another former Armstrong teammate, Floyd Landis, told ABC News in an exclusive interview last year. It was Landis who first put authorities on the trail of Armstrong.

Armstrong is under federal investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, which is looking into whether the cyclist, once one of the world's most-revered professional athletes, committed fraud by allegedly taking illegal or banned drugs to win races for the U.S. Postal Service team.

The case against Armstrong is now no longer just about whether he as an individual used drugs to win the Tour de France, but whether there was a team-wide doping program, an offense that could lead to fraud and conspiracy charges.

Lance Armstrong and his lawyer both have categorically denied that he has ever cheated. 

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