- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2011

ROME — Viatcheslav Ekimov stands to receive his third Olympic gold medal in the wake of Tyler Hamilton’s doping admission. The Russian is in no mood to celebrate, though.

A former teammate of Hamilton’s with the U.S. Postal squad, Ekimov was extremely irritated by Hamilton’s detailed allegations on “60 Minutes” that Lance Armstrong and other team leaders encouraged, promoted and took part in a doping program on the way to winning the Tour de France a record seven times.

“The main point is just the total disappointment of people that you used to work with and then all of a sudden you see their real faces,” Ekimov told the Associated Press on Monday. “They’re liars.”

Hamilton turned over his gold medal in the time trial from the 2004 Athens Games to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last week, putting Ekimov in line for an upgrade from silver.

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