Her er Tyler Hamiltons tilståelsesbrev til familien
Den tidligere toppsyklisten er lettet etter å ha fortalt sannheten om dopingen.
Lance Armstrongs tidligere lagkamerat Tyler Hamilton hevder å ha sett sykkeleneren bruke doping i sesongen han tok sin første Tour de France-triumf.
Det er i et intervju med programmet «60 minutes» at Hamilton forteller at han var vitne til at den sjudobbelte Tour de France-mesteren brukte det forbudte stoffet EPO ved flere anledninger.
Jeg fortalte hele sannheten og ingenting annet enn sannheten. Det var som om Hoover-demningen brast.
– Jeg så det i kjøleskapet hans, og jeg så ham injisere det. Det gjorde vi alle, vi så ham bruke det mange, mange ganger, sier Hamilton i intervjuet som vises på TV søndag.
I forkant av intervjuet har 40-åringen sendt ut et brev til familien for å advare dem om det som kommer.
– I hele min karriere brøt jeg med vilje reglene. Jeg brukte prestasjonsfremmende midler og jeg løy om det, igjen og igjen, skriver Hamilton.
Han forklarer at han forteller sannheten først nå fordi han ble stevnet foran en storjury i forbindeklse med etterforskningen mot lance Armstrong. Blir man tatt i løgn her, blir det fengselsstraff. Grunn nummer to sier Hamilton er at han vil fortelle alt for å kunne fortsette med sporten han elsker.
– Jeg fortalte hele sannheten og ingenting annet enn sannheten. Det var som om Hoover-demningen brast. Jeg følte en lettelse jeg aldri har følt før, skriver han om vitnemålet foran storjuryen.
Her er hele brevet på engelsk (Kilde: ESPN):
I hope this finds you all doing well.
First of all, sorry for sending this out as a group letter. If there was any way I could come visit each of you individually, I would. I hope we are together soon.
There's no easy way to say this, so let me just say it plain: on Sunday night you'll see me on "60 Minutes" making a confession that's overdue. Long overdue.
During my cycling career, I knowingly broke the rules. I used performance-enhancing drugs. I lied about it, over and over. Worst of all, I hurt people I care about. And while there are reasons for what I did -- reasons I hope you'll understand better after watching -- it doesn't excuse the fact that I did it all, and there's no way on earth to undo it.
The question most people ask is, why now? There are two reasons. The first has to do with the federal investigation into cycling. Last summer, I received a subpoena to testify before a grand jury. Until that moment I walked into the courtroom, I hadn't told a soul. My testimony went on for six hours. For me, it was like the Hoover Dam breaking. I opened up; I told the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And I felt a sense of relief I'd never felt before -- all the secrets, all the weight I'd been carrying around for years suddenly lifted. I saw that, for me personally, this was the way forward.
The second reason has to do with the sport I love. In order to truly reform, cycling needs to change, and change drastically, starting from the top. Now that I'm working as a coach, I see young people entering the sport with hopes of making it to the top. I believe that no one coming into the sport should have to face the difficult choices I had to make. And before the sport can move forward, it has to face the truth.
This hasn't been easy, not by a long shot. But I want to let you know that I'm doing well. The coaching business is more fun and fulfilling than I'd ever imagined, and Tanker (editor's note: Hamilton's Golden retriever) and I are loving our Boulder life. I recently turned 40, and my friends threw the best '80s-themed surprise party in the history of the world (hey, most of you were there!). Life is good.
Again, I just want to say I'm sorry, and that I hope you can forgive me. What matters to me most are my family and friends. I'm deeply grateful for all your support and love through the years, and I'm looking forward to spending time with all of you again, hopefully soon. My mom and dad always told me that the truth would set me free. I never knew how right they were.