September 22, 2004
Hamilton suspended pending 'B' sample
Headline pretty much says it all; this couldn't have happened at a worse time for Tyler, given the freshly-minted gold medal, the death of Tugboat, and the upcoming (April '05) IMAX film BrainPower, which follows Hamilton through the 2003 Tour de France as a means of teaching about the human mind.
Phonak's suspension is SOP these days in the event of a positive drug test; it's what they did earlier this year when a positive for EPO led world champion Oscar Camenzind to retire rather than serve a 2-year suspension.
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I'm just in shock myself. I won a set of Tyler's Speedplay pedals that he actually used in the tour and was a big fan since last year. It certainly does not look good on the face of things. We know this stuff goes on in pro cycling but always hope that the top guys are not doing it. Nothing to do but sit back and wait for the 2nd set of results I guess. Not sure what needs to be done to convince these guys that they don't need to do this to win. I sure hope he turns out clean.
Posted by: Speckled Trout at Sep 22, 2004 9:05:57 PM
The courses get tougher, yet the average speeds keep increasing.
What needs to be done to convince the fans that the riders DO need to do this to win?
Posted by: Joe at Sep 23, 2004 2:02:39 AM