February 11, 2006
Hamilton loses appeal; suspension to run through September
It's pretty anticlimactic, but Tyler Hamilton received word today that his 2-year suspension from racing has been upheld. Hamilton was the first rider implicated by a new blood-doping test, and he has fought the suspension and the test since his blood test results turned up positive in September 2004.
His original suspension date was in April 2005, but the CAS ruled that Hamilton voluntarily accepted a suspension when he withdrew from the Vuelta upon being notified of the positive blood test, so he can return to racing in late September of this year.
Still on the table is an appeal by the Russian cycling federation, which wants to see Hamilton stripped of his 2004 Olympic gold, and Viatcheslav Ekimov, currently the silver medalist, elevated to gold.
- Some sources:
- The CAS summary
- The full CAS report (pdf)
- Tyler Hamilton's response
- Summary of the case by Hamilton's camp (Word file)
- Assael: Latest ruling shifts momentum for athletes: a good commentary by an ESPN writer
- VeloNews.com | CAS rejects Hamilton appeal