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July 27, 2004

Hamilton: 'I swear on my wife's life and the grave of my dog' doping story not true

VeloNews | Tyler Tunes: To Paris, back home and that news story

The claim that I, along with another teammate, approached a team doctor and asked him questions about doping products back in 1996 is absolutely false. I swear on my wife's life and the grave of my dog that I never asked that man about anything of the sort. If you know anything about me, you know this is as emphatic as I can be.

Hamilton also references a VeloNews article from 2001 that discusses the same allegations. Ironically, in the same 2001 article, Lance Armstrong's manager Bill Stapleton is asked if Armstrong has any plans to sue David Walsh over allegations that had recently appeared in the Sunday Times.

Hamilton says his recovery is coming along, but complicated by his swelling:

My back is on the mend. I've started riding again which feels good. The heat has been cranked up to high here in Spain, which is just what the doctor ordered. I'm seeing a number of specialists to design a good recovery program. So far the MRIs and X-Rays have been negative for fractures and tears. Damage can be a little difficult to detect when there is as much swelling as I have, so we are keeping a close eye on things, and will do follow up scans next week to confirm what we hope is true.

We'll see if he can recover in time for the August Olympics.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 27, 2004 in Doping, Top Stories, Tyler Freaking Hamilton | Permalink


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I believe him 100%. Tyler is the real deal. Best wishes to him for a full and speedy recovery and to bring some hardware home from Athens next month!

Posted by: lancefan at Jul 28, 2004 12:17:28 AM

So, where are all the Lance-haters now? Hamilton must be a doper, too, right?

Posted by: Larry at Jul 28, 2004 12:14:29 PM


Posted by: Kyle at Sep 22, 2004 4:29:47 PM

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