Hamilton staying quiet

Tyler Hamilton maintains his innocence of blood doping charges, but says that no concrete details ab

Tyler Hamilton maintains his innocence of blood doping charges, but says that no concrete details ab
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Tyler Hamilton has said that the specific details of the case he is building against his positive doping test at the Vuelta won't be revealed until after his appeal is heard by the US Anti-Doping Agency in January. Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle at a fundraiser for his Tyler Hamilton Foundation in Berkeley, California, the Phonak rider maintained his innocence and said, "I'm asking people who don't believe to be patient. It's an incredible story." The legal process involved in making a challenge to that positive test for blood doping at the Vuelta, as well as a similarly positive reading in an A sample taken at the Olympic Games, is lengthy and complex, and has forced Hamilton to keep his counsel. However, he has hit out at accusations that he cheated in Athens and at the Vuelta. "I have never cheated; I grew up with family core values," said Hamilton, whose Olympic time trial victory is being challenged by the Russian Olympic Committee at the Court for Arbitration in Sport. "When someone calls you dishonest, it's the hardest thing to take. That was probably the lowest point in my life, it was like a kick in the head." The 33-year-old, whose career could be ended if the blood doping charges cannot be overturned, repeated his insistence that he would be giving the issue everything that he has. "I'm going to go until I don't have a cent left. I'm going to go until I don't have any energy left. I'd rather be completely broke and clear my name," he said. Hamilton continued: "One option was to quit; my wife and I have an incredible lifestyle and it would have been easy. But I didn't want to go out with that hanging over my head. I have no reason to hang my head and hide. I try to focus on the good things. And I think something good will come from this latest thing." He also insisted that his plans for another challenge at next year's Tour would go ahead. "The number one goal still is to win the Tour. The objective is to be on the final podium, and if you have the legs to be on the podium, you have the legs to win the Tour de France."

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