In a strongly worded press release issued this afternoon the UCi has strongly rejected the claims made by Tyler Hamilton on the CBS 60 Minutes programme that a representative of cycling's world governing body intervened to suppress a laboratory report on a positive test for EPO by Lance Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.
CBS has this evening aired its 60 Minutes season finale interview with former US Postal Service rider Tyler Hamilton in which detailed allegations of doping have been levelled at seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. When trailers for the show, which has taken six months to research and produce, were first aired last week, Armstrong’s advisors were quick to condemn Hamilton as discredited.
Former US Postal Service rider Tyler Hamilton has told one of America’s leading broadcast journalists that he saw Lance Armstrong inject himself with EPO and that the seven-time Tour de France champion used the banned substance to help secure his first win in the race in 1999 as well as during subsequent editions.
The lawyer for Olympic gold medal cyclist Tyler Hamilton has condemned a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal to ban him for life for doping as ‘vindictive, personal and ruthless.’
Attorney Chris Manderson made the comments after he learned that WADA had challenged a previous agreement between Hamilton and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to impose an eight-year ban, effectively forcing the 38-year-old into retirement.
US Olympic gold medallist Tyler Hamilton has been banned from competitive cycling for eight years after admitting taking a steroid.
Hamilton, who announced his retirement in April, will almost certainly not return to the sport after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) handed out its punishment yesterday.
The 38-year-old admitted the offence, telling the agency he had taken a product to fight depression that contained a steroid. He tested positive for testosterone in an out of competition test on February 9.
Tyler Hamilton's cycling career came to an today when he retired in following a positive drugs test.
According to unnamed US anti-doping officials the substance in question was the steroid DHEA a fact that seemed to be confirmed by Hamilton later on his team's (Rock Racing) Twitter feed. According to Hamilton the substance was in an over the counter medication he bought to combat depression a condition he has struggled with since 2003.