Hamilton repeats allegations
Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster at his house before the 1999 Tour de France and the two teammates compared notes on using performance-enhancing drugs as far back as 1998. Hamilton makes the allegations in his book, The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs, set to be published on Wednesday next week. Armstrong agent Bill Stapleton did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hamilton and Armstrong rode together on the US Postal Service team. Armstrong has long denied doping, but last week chose not to fight drug charges made by the US Anti-Doping Agency. The book mirrors much of what Hamilton told 60 Minutes last year and what he said he told federal criminal investigators looking into doping allegations on the Postal Service team. Officials closed that investigation in February without bringing any charges against Armstrong. Hamilton details his own drug use and says usage on the team started even before Armstrong joined in 1998. He and Armstrong soon became roommates and confidants who would discuss using the blood-booster EPO and other performance-enhancing drugs. He said while visiting Armstrong’s home in Nice shortly before the 1999 Tour, he asked the Texan if he had any EPO and Armstrong pointed to the refrigerator. Hamilton described a doping plan put in place by the team for the 1999 Tour de France, with Armstrong’s knowledge, that included a motorcyclist riding behind racers with a thermos full of EPO. It was to be dispensed to riders in the team camper after race stages. He said team leaders, doctors and managers encouraged and supervised doping, and performance-enhancing drugs were handed out to cyclists in white lunch bags.
Eberle extends contract
All-Star forward Jordan Eberle has signed a six-year contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers that will keep him with the team through the 2018-2019 season. While no financial details were disclosed by the Oilers, media reports said the 22-year-old’s deal was worth US$36 million. Eberle led the team in scoring last season with a career-high 34 goals and 42 assists in 78 games, earning a spot in this year’s NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. “I’m pretty excited,” Eberle said on a conference call on Thursday. “It’s something I’ve been working on in the last little bit here. With Taylor getting his done last week, I was pretty anxious.” Eberle’s good friend and roommate, forward Taylor Hall, signed a seven-year, US$42 million extension just over a week ago. “We want to be the core guys on this team,” Eberle said. “With the direction the team’s going, especially with a couple of acquisitions this summer and with the team being a year older, we’re going to have a reputation of a winning team here soon.”
Stoner’s surgery successful
MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has undergone successful surgery on his right ankle, his Honda team said on Thursday. “Today in Australia, Honda’s Casey Stoner received surgery to his ankle, which was damaged after his crash in qualifying for the Indianapolis GP 12 days ago,” the team said in a statement. “The procedure was performed by Dr Lam’s team in Sydney’s North Shore Private Hospital. Doctors are pleased with how the operation went and now must wait during this initial recuperation period to see how the ankle is healing. With no complications or need for Stoner to stay in hospital, he has returned home.”