Yesterday, Tyler Hamilton took part in Nevada's Silverman Triathlon. The American cyclist raced with a three-man relay team, focusing his efforts on the 112 mile (180 km) bicycle leg.
In a pre-race interview with the organizers, the 35 year-old cyclists revealed that he is ready to return to cycling after serving a two-year doping suspension. "I am about start racing in the beginning of 2007," said Hamilton.
It is not known which team Hamilton will be racing for in the 2007 season, but he has been recently linked with Italian-based Tinkoff Credit Systems. When ask if he has a team, Hamilton responded, "Yes, I have signed with a team." There were no details discussed as to which team he had signed for.
Hamilton continued talking about the 2007 season and the Nevada event, "This jump-starts that [starting the 2007 season] a little bit. My suspension ended in the end of September but the bike racing season was finished. The [triathlon] team came to me to see if I wanted to do it, and I thought it would be fun."
Cyclingnews coverage of Tyler Hamilton's blood doping case
November 26, 2006 - Confusion over Hamilton 'admission'
November 24, 2006 - Hamilton confirmes 2007 contract with Tinkoff
November 14, 2006 - Hamilton signed with Tinkoff?
November 13, 2006 - Hamilton has signed
October 31, 2006 - USA Cycling CEO on Puerto developments
October 21, 2006 - UCI questions value of teams hiring riders under suspension cloud
September 15, 2006 - USA Cycling informed about Hamilton
September 2, 2006 - Hamilton's World's aspirations dashed
August 29, 2006 - McQuaid on Pevenage, Hamilton, testing
August 26, 2006 - Hamilton file to be studied soon
August 22, 2006 - Extensive doping alleged for Hamilton
August 21, 2006 - Hamilton's "doping diary" from 2003 published
July 3, 2006 - Ullrich, Basso risk four years - life-long ban for Hamilton?
June 28, 2006 - Hamilton to keep Olympic time-trial gold medal
June 26, 2006 - Hamilton and Ullrich linked to Operación Puerto