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Cyclists Armstrong, Hamilton Have Confrontation; Now FBI Is Involved
Over the weekend, Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, one-time cycling teammates, had a confrontation at a Colorado restaurant. Now, the AP reports, the FBI has asked the restaurant to hand over surveillance tape.
As we reported last month, Hamilton made very specific doping accusations against the seven-time Tour de France winner on CBS News' 60 Minutes. ESPN reports on what likely was the first meeting between the two since the interview aired:
The two cyclists crossed paths at an Aspen, Colo., restaurant Saturday night, said Hamilton attorney Chris Manderson. He said Hamilton told him Armstrong repeatedly asked how much he had been paid to do the television interview, and added that his legal team would "(expletive) destroy you," "tear you apart on the witness stand," and "make your life a living (expletive) hell."
Jodi Larner, co-owner of the upscale Cache Cache bistro where the incident took place and a personal friend of Armstrong's, told a diametrically opposed version of events. She said she was standing close to Armstrong when Hamilton walked by. Larner said she did not overhear the entire conversation, which she characterized as brief. But based on the body language of the two men and what she did hear, she said, "It was not combative. It was not hostile... There were no threats. There were very few words exchanged. There was no scene made."
Manderson said he informed federal authorities about the incident, because Hamilton is a "probable" witness against Armstrong in a federal grand jury investigation. The AP reports that Manderson said Hamilton was "rattled by some of Armstrong's comments." The AP adds that it is unclear whether the incident was caught on tape.