Landis claims he saw Lance Armstrong taking drugs

Washington: Taking his accusations against cycling ace Lance Armstrong to the airwaves for the first time, Floyd Landis slammed the seven-time Tour de France champion with his most blunt attack yet.

"I saw Lance Armstrong using drugs," Landis told ABC`s "Nightline" in an interview for Friday night`s show, adding that he received the banned substance EPO, as well as other drugs, from the seven-time Tour de France champion.

"Lance Armstrong handed me some testosterone patches," Landis said, adding that he saw Armstrong receiving multiple blood transfusions; another banned practice that boosts a cyclist`s endurance.

Landis confessed earlier to doping, and said he witnessed widespread cheating on Armstrong`s U.S. Postal Service teams when he was a member from 2002-04.

Landis is also cooperating with the government in a federal grand jury investigation of possible doping conspiracies on Armstrong`s teams, the Daily News reports.

"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," Landis said.

Armstrong`s attorney, Tim Herman, fired back with a denial of Landis` claims, saying Armstrong is "an athlete that comes along once every couple of generations."

"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. ... Landis is a confessed perjurer and he is a liar," the attorney added.


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