the most serious allegations they have recently leveled against Armstrong.Their most explosive claim involves an incident in a hospital conference room 11 years ago. Intheir respective depositions, both Betsy and Frankie testified (and later explained in detail to SI)that they witnessed Armstrong admit to doctors that he used five performance-enhancing drugs before he underwent cancer treatment in 1996.On Oct. 27, 1996, the Andreus were among a half dozen of Armstrong's closest friends in aconference room at the Indiana University Hospital as doctors entered to ask important questionsabout the 25-year-old Armstrong's medical history. Betsy's inclination was to leave."Honestly, for me," she told SI, "it was more of a privacy thing, like talking to your doctor abouthemorrhoids or something. I said, 'Frankie, let's go.' But Lance said, 'That's okay.'"Everyone in the room stayed and, according to the Andreus, it was only after that exchange thatthe doctors began their inquires, leading up to
question: Have you ever taken performance-enhancing drugs?"He was sitting down, holding onto his IV [stand] with his left hand," says Betsy Andreu, "andthey asked him the question."
She says Armstrong looked straight down while ticking off five drugs: EPO, growthhormone, cortisone, steroids and testosterone.
"Once they asked that question and he came out with that answer, I was like, Oh, s---," saysFrankie Andreu. "Because I knew what [Betsy] was hearing. I was thinking, Oh my God, the s------ going to hit the fan."When asked about the story, Armstrong says that the Andreus recollections are "one hundred percent" fabricated. (No one else in the room has confirmed the Andreu's account.)Frankie and Lance had been good friends since the early 1990s, when they were teammates onMotorola. After Armstrong's recovery, he and then-wife
often dined with the Andreus.The Andreus say they didn't want to testify in the SCA case. They refused to obey a subpoenaissued by a Texas court, claiming it lacked jurisdiction. SCA promptly obtained an "ex parte"order, and had the subpoena issued in Michigan, where the Andreus live. "We went in anddecided not to lie," Frankie told SI, "and all hell broke loose."Asked what Andreu had to gain from lying, Armstrong claims that Betsy is motivated by"bitterness, jealousy and hatred." Members of Armstrong's inner circle point to a section of Betsy's testimony in the SCA case where, they contend, she expressed her "hatred" for him.Armstrong's attorney
noted, in his cross examination of Betsy, that "one of thenotes you provided to us had a notation on it by you, 'Why do I hate Lance?' Correct?"Andreu explained that she was "going through some of the questions I believe you're going to