April 18, 2005
Hamilton receives two-year suspension
There's no deus ex machina for Tyler Hamilton: The US Anti-Doping Agency announced this afternoon that it was unmoved by his presentation, and he's been suspended for two years.
Date of the suspension is today, April 18, 2005, to continue through April 17, 2007. Given that Tyler's birthday is March 1, 1971, I don't see him coming back at 36.
Interesting to note that there's a lengthy dissent as part of the decision. One of the arbitrators, Chris Campbell, didn't sign on to the decision, and explains why.
I may work up another "What we know now" post about the case, but if you're really interested in the case, you owe it to yourself to read Campbell's dissent, pages 14-20 of the decision linked above.
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Tracked on Apr 18, 2005 10:13:16 PM
I was in a movie theater last summer when Tyler Hamilton abandonned le Tour. It was a fund raiser for the Tyler Hamilton foundation. There was not a dry eye in the house. I wish him the best of luck, but I think it's over for him. A courageous guy - anybody who could grit their teeth so hard that the *break them* is ok in my book.
Posted by: fixedgear at Apr 19, 2005 4:58:38 PM
I'm confused as to why his ban begins on April 18 and yet he must forfeit any results earned on or after the date of his positive test at on September 11, 2004 at the Vuelta. If his results must be forfeited, shouldn't his ban be retroactively dated to September 2004 too?
Posted by: vinovelo at Apr 28, 2005 3:23:01 PM