Hamilton hearing on Tuesday

Tyler Hamilton's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban for blood doping impos

Tyler Hamilton's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban for blood doping impos

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Tyler Hamilton's hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport is set to start in Denver on Tuesday. The former Phonak rider is attempting to clear himself after testing positive for blood doping at the 2004 Vuelta a Espa¤a, which led to a two-year ban being imposed on Hamilton by the US Anti-Doping Agency on April 18, 2005.

Once submissions by both sides have been made, the CAS panel is expected to spend several weeks deliberating over the case before delivering its verdict.

Hamilton has argued the test used to determine blood doping was not reliable and had yet to be proven in an anti-doping context.

In a posting on his website, Hamilton said that "out of respect for the process and the work that is ongoing, I've agreed not to discuss my case until the proceeding is finalized."

He did say of the case, which has now dragged on for 16 months: "All the craziness... has made me stronger, more thoughtful and more aware of the reality around me. I have a heightened appreciation for the people, places and experiences that are meaningful to me."

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