Velonews is reporting (ESPN’s version) that Tyler Hamilton’s two year suspension due to blood doping has been upheld by CAS. According to ESPN, the suspension will expire in April 2007 when Hamilton is 36; however, Velonews is reporting that he will not be eligible to ride for a ProTour team until Sep. 2008. Apparently, the ProTour doubles the suspension time.
Personally, I am extremely disappointed. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to have watched him ride in some of his best cycling years. His professed innocence is irrelevant; he got charged and suspended. His career is effectively over along with all the good things that might have come from the Tyler Hamilton Foundation. In the end, none of us are better off.