ROME — Two former teammates of Lance Armstrong told The Associated Press today they never saw the seven-time Tour de France winner or Tyler Hamilton use banned drugs. The European pair also said they weren’t particularly close to the American riders.

In an interview with “60 Minutes” aired Thursday on the “CBS Evening News,” Hamilton admitted he doped and said Armstrong did as well.

Reaction in Europe to the latest doping revelations involving Armstrong and his former U.S. Postal team was a mix of surprise and sorrow.

Pascal Derame, a Frenchman who was on the 1999 Tour-winning team with Armstrong and Hamilton, said he wasn’t in Armstrong’s “inner circle.”

“There was a team and then there was the inner circle. Tyler was in the inner circle,” as was Frankie Andreu, Derame said. “(Armstrong) was a lot closer to Tyler than to us. … Perhaps he didn’t trust the French.”

The “60 Minutes” segment, which will air in its entirety on Sunday, also includes an interview with Andreu. Now one of the race directors at the Tour of California, Andreu told the show he took banned substances because lesser riders he believed were doping were passing him.

“I never saw (Armstrong) take anything,” Derame said. “I cannot say what I didn’t see.”

Derame added he mostly roomed with a Danish rider, Peter Meinert-Nielsen, and did not have much interaction with Armstrong even though they rode on the same Tour team.

“You can live together without living together,” he said.

UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani said the governing body is aware of the latest allegations against Armstrong via the media but will not comment.

“Only Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Armstrong are in a position to comment,” Carpani said.

Another former teammate of Armstrong and Hamilton, Steffen Kjaergaard of Norway, rode on U.S. Postal’s Tour de France team in 2000 and 2001.

“I didn’t feel any pressure of doing any prohibited thing to be stronger, to do doping,” Kjaergaard said. “I didn’t have any hints, ‘You should do this. You should do that.'”

Kjaergaard said that U.S. Postal conducted internal blood tests on him and others in the team “to make sure that the riders behave themselves.”

Kjaergaard said he did at times room with Hamilton. But he never got any indication and never suspected he was using banned drugs.

“I guess that if he or anybody else wants to do doping or other illegal things, they can hide it,” Kjaergaard said.

Kjaergaard also said in the wake of the confessions from Hamilton and, previously, Floyd Landis, he was now thinking, “I must have been damned naive. … It’s quite amazing to me.”

Like other Europeans who rode for U.S. Postal, Kjaergaard suggested one reason why he did not see any evidence of doping might be because he “was never close to the Americans.”

“I was living on a regular basis in Norway and Belgium and they were living on a regular basis in Spain and the United States,” he said. “I was never socializing with them or Lance.”

Doping, he said, “in general was not a subject” discussed within the team.

Kjaergaard sympathized with Hamilton, saying “it must have been terrible” for him to have lied for so long about his own doping.

“He’s not the first one on the team that confessed,” he said. “I feel sorry for him. He must have been having a terrible time in the last 10 years.”

Kjaergaard said the only pressure he felt was self-imposed pressure to ride well, to be selected as one of the nine Tour riders. He said he was struck when he moved from a small Danish team to U.S. Postal at how carefully the American team looked after its riders, for example giving them administrative help with paperwork.

“They treated me well,” he said. “They really want to take good care of you. That was something new for me. … This is American, very service-oriented.”