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“Things were just getting faster and faster and sprinters were getting over the big mountains and winning, you know, climbing stages,” Andreu said in the interview. “There’s 200 guys flying over these mountains and you can’t even stay in the group. And it’s just impossible to keep up. And it’s like, ‘What the hell’s going on here?’”

After the Hamilton and Andreu interviews went public, Armstrong launched a website refuting the claims and calling into question the credibility of Andreu, Hamilton and Landis. He also posted a letter addressed to CBS News, calling the “60 Minutes” reporting “disgraceful journalism.”

Meantime, a pair of Armstrong’s former European teammates told the AP they had no knowledge of doping within the ranks of the U.S. Postal team.

Pascal Derame, a Frenchman who was on the 1999 Tour-winning team with Armstrong, said he never sawArmstrong dope, but also conceded he wasn’t in the cyclist’s inner circle. Steffen Kjaergaard of Norway, who rode for U.S. Postal in 2000 and 2001, said he didn’t feel any pressure to dope and “didn’t have any hints —‘You should do this. You should do that.’ “