LOS ANGELES -- The Floyd Landis vs. Lance Armstrong battle of words took another step Friday when in his first television interview since admitting his own performance-enhancing drug use, Landis said that he saw his former cycling teammate and friend use drugs and receive blood transfusions during races.
"Rather than go into the entire detail of every single time I've seen it, yes," Landis told ABC's "Nightline" in an interview scheduled to run Friday night. "I saw Lance Armstrong using drugs."
Landis said that Armstrong has used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career and has also transfused his own blood, a banned practice that gives athletes an advantage by increasing their red blood cell count and, therefore, their endurance.
Tim Herman, Armstrong's lawyer, denied the allegations.
"Landis is a confessed perjurer and he is a liar, and I think, as Lance said ... when you taste milk to see if it's sour, you take a first taste and you don't have to drink the whole carton to know it's all sour," Herman told ESPN.com.
For years, Landis denied that he used performance-enhancing drugs but earlier this year, he changed his story in a series of e-mails to cycling and anti-doping officials implicating dozens of other athletes including Armstrong, team management and owners, and officials of the sport's national and international governing bodies.
Landis told ESPN.com that "I don't feel guilty at all about having doped. I did what I did because that's what we [cyclists] did and it was a choice I had to make after 10 years or 12 years of hard work to get there, and that was a decision I had to make to make the next step. My choices were, do it and see if I can win, or don't do it and I tell people I just don't want to do that, and I decided to do it."
Landis was asked during the television interview if he considers Armstrong, a multiple-Tour de France winner, a "fraud."
"Well, it depends on what your definition of fraud is," Landis answered. "I mean it, look, if he didn't win the Tour, someone else that was doped would have won the Tour. In every single one of those Tours."
7/23/2010 8:45 PM ET
By FanHouse Staff