Hamilton's appeal date set
The Court for Arbitration in Sport announces that Tyler Hamilton’s appeal about his doping ban will
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The date of Tyler Hamilton’s appeal to the Court for Arbitration in Sport against his blood-doping suspension has been set for January 10 in Denver, Colorado. The Olympic time trial champion’s original hearing in September was postponed because not all of the evidence could be presented at that time.
Hamilton has consistently denied any blood-doping offence and has maintained that there are anomalies in the test which he fell foul of at the 2004 Tour of Spain. Hamilton has asked the CAS to overturn a two-year ban that was imposed on him by the US Anti-Doping Agency in April.
The CAS panel hearing the case is expected to take several weeks to reach a verdict in the case.
Although legally advised to say nothing about his case, Hamilton has described on his website how he has spent the last few months keeping his fitness with mountain biking expeditions around his Colorado home. He also took part in and won the Mount Washington hill-climb event at the end of the summer, an event he was able to take part because it is not a UCI-registered race.
Whichever way the CAS goes in the case, there are bound be questions about whether Hamilton can once again return to the top level of the sport. The former Phonak rider turns 35 in early March, and confirmation of the ban would surely lead to the end of his pro career, although it is never safe to make assumptions about the man from Marblehead given the incredible feats he has achieved on the bike in the past.