Hamilton suspended by Phonak

Although Phonak are standing by Tyler Hamilton, the Swiss team follow what is now almost standard pr

Although Phonak are standing by Tyler Hamilton, the Swiss team follow what is now almost standard pr
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Tyler Hamilton has been suspended by his Phonak team pending further notice, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon. After its public display of solidarity with Hamilton in a press conference on Tuesday night, today Phonak stated that they would fire the American if he was proven guilty of blood doping. Phonak team boss Andy Rihs said in a statement: "For the moment, we have to concentrate on the facts. These seem to speak against Tyler. But so long as we're not 100 percent certain that he's guilty of manipulation, we will believe him." Phonak and Hamilton are still awaiting news of the B-tests of the two positive samples provided by the rider, at the Vuelta a Espana and the Olympics. Phonak said that Hamilton would remain suspended "pending further notice", until tests and proceedings are completed. Hamilton's B-test results were due for release on Wednesday. If found guilty using blood transfusions to enhance his performance, Hamilton can expect to be stripped of his Olympic time trial gold medal. Waiting in the wings is Hamilton's former US Postal team-mate Viatcheslav Ekimov, who was awarded silver in Athens. Bobby Julich and Michael Rogers were third and fourth respectively.
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