March 05, 2005
Hamilton decision likely within two weeks
Tyler Hamilton wrapped up his arguments with the US Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, and should hear within two weeks if he'll face a two-year suspension for blood doping.
Hamilton tested positive for "homologous blood transfusions" (i.e. using another person's blood to pack his system with red blood cells) at the Vuelta a España, and officials claimed there were inconsistencies in his sample from the 2004 Olympics, where he won gold in the individual time trial. Hamilton was not stripped of his gold medal, because his "B" sample, normally used to confirm suspect readings, had been frozen, leaving it unusable for the blood doping test.
Hamilton's former teammate, Santiago Perez, was banned for two years this week for failing the same test at the 2004 Vuelta.
Hamilton and his attorney question the validity of the test itself, which was only added to the UCI's battery in 2004, although it's been used medically during pregnancy and before organ donation for years.
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