Hamilton appeal rejected

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the doping charges against Tyler Hamilton. Hamilton was accused of receiving a homologous blood transfusion during the 2004 Vuelta a España and has been maintaining his innocence ever since. As the appeal was rejected, Hamilton will remain banned from pro cycling until September 22, 2006.

In an official press release, the CAS outlined the course of events which led to its decision: "On September 11, 2004, Tyler Hamilton won a stage of the Vuelta and underwent a blood test. The WADA accredited Laboratory in Lausanne/Switzerland reported that the sample provided by Hamilton was positive for the presence of transfused blood. On the basis of this report, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) initiated a disciplinary procedure which led to a hearing before the AAA [American Arbitration Association]. The AAA Panel found on April 18, 2005 that there had been a transfusion of a third person's blood to Hamilton and accordingly that an anti-doping rule violation had been committed by him. He was suspended from competition for a period of two years commencing April 18, 2005 and all of his competition results from September 11, 2004 including those obtained in the Vuelta competition were cancelled.

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