Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton ( born March 1, 1971 in Marblehead, Massachusetts ) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist.

  • 2.1 Placements in the Grand Tours


Beginnings and successes

Tyler Hamilton made ​​his name as a precious helper of Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France. From 1999 to 2001, he helped him with his first three Tour successes. In 2000 he was awarded with the victory at the Dauphiné Libéré his hitherto greatest success.

In 2002, Hamilton for two years on the Danish CSC team, which is led by former Tour winner Bjarne Riis. Here he developed into a classification riders, which was very successful in the Grand Tours. So he was in spite of a scribed scapula second in the Giro d' Italia 2002 The following year he first won the Tour de Romandie, and then in 2003 to deliver his masterpiece at the Tour de France and caused a stir. Drew With a big crash on the first stage Hamilton again a hairline crack on the collar bone and still not only won the 16th stage, but was even fourth overall. Due to this strong performance, the injury was initially doubted. However, on this his team manager Bjarne Riis showed press photographers radiographs, which should show the appropriate injury.

2004 Hamilton joined the Swiss team Phonak Cycling Team. He was considered one of the favorites for the 2004 Tour de France after he again in the preparation of the Tour de Romandie and the Dauphiné Libéré won had finished second behind Iban Mayo and ahead of Lance Armstrong. Since 2004 he again suffered Rückenblessuren during the first stages of the Tour de France in a massive crash, he had to give this tour early.

Doping and End of career

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Hamilton won the gold medal in the individual time trial. After this victory, he tested positive for blood doping with foreign blood, but the B- sample could not be cross-checked due to incorrect storage. So he was allowed to keep his gold medal. The action of the second-placed Russians Vyacheslav Ekimov end of June 2006 was rejected on formal grounds by the International Court of Sport (CAS). " The suit should have been filed only by the IOC or the world governing body UCI, it said in the CAS - justification. " Hamilton initially retained his gold medal.

Some weeks later, Tyler Hamilton after winning the eighth stage of the Vuelta a España 2004 ( ITT ) was retested on 11 September positively to homologous blood doping. He denied this and expressed doubts about the new test method applied. Due to the doping suspicion his former team Phonak announced. On 19 April 2005 Hamilton was locked due to this doping findings by the United States Anti-Doping Agency ( USADA ) for 24 months. Hamilton's appeal against this decision before the International Court of Sport was rejected. After the doping suspension Hamilton wanted to go cycling again. The plan was his participation at the Road World Championships in Salzburg in September 2006, but he was not nominated by the U.S. Cycling Federation.

In August 2006, records were found by him in the Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, demonstrating that he took before the Olympic victory growth hormone, testosterone, blood doping agent EPO and insulin. The Copenhagen newspaper " policies ", citing the Spanish records indicate that from Hamilton's " doping diary " it is apparent that the U.S. professional had doped to 114 of about 200 days of the 2003 season. In the newspaper report said that doping activities listed in the diary were so extensive that a whole team of helpers must have been involved. The documents should also be accompanied by a statement of Fuentes about $ 54,060, which is said to have Hamilton's wife Haven Parchinski paid for doping preparations.

2007 Hamilton signed a contract with the team Tinkoff Credit system, but end of April 2007 was suspended again. From the 2008 season until April 2009 he drove for the team rock racing. In mid-July he celebrated his first success for this team he won a stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake. In addition, he could also decide the overall ranking of the Tour itself. In August, he recorded an even greater success by winning the U.S. road championship. In April 2009, he was again found guilty of doping and banned for eight years. He then explained his playing career ended.

In May 2011, he admitted in an American TV interview many years of doping. He also expressed serious doping allegations against Lance Armstrong. Armstrong had the blood doping agent EPO used in the Tour de France in 1999, 2000 and 2001. "I saw EPO in his fridge. I saw more than once, as he has injected himself ," said Hamilton. In the course of his confession he gave back his 2004 won the Olympic time trial gold medal. The accusations against Armstrong and his team, he repeated in his book The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover - ups, and Winning at All Costs. Hamilton was one of the principal witnesses against Armstrong in doping method USADA. He also burdened Bjarne Riis, who was his team manager at Team CSC in 2002 and 2003. Riis was brought together with him the now become known by the Spanish doping scandal Fuentes physicians Eufemiano Fuentes and knew of his doping program.

In August 2012, the International Olympic Committee (IOC ), Tyler Hamilton decided the Olympic gold medal in the time trial in Athens in 2004 officially disallowed after Hamilton 's evidence in the doping investigation against Lance Armstrong himself admitted doping and to the IOC stated that he wanted to return his gold medal.



  • A stage and Appreciation Teleflex Tour


  • A stage and Appreciation Tour of Denmark


  • Two stages and Appreciation Dauphiné Libéré
  • A stage Holland Tour


  • A stage of the Giro d' Italia


  • Liege -Bastogne- Liege
  • A stage and General Classification Tour de Romandie
  • A stage of the Tour de France


  • A stage and General Classification Tour de Romandie
  • A stage in the Vuelta a España


  • A stage and General Classification Tour of Qinghai Lake
  • United States American Champion - Road Race

Rankings in the Grand Tours


  • DNF: did not finish, a stage driver has not ended
  • WD: withdrawal, the driver has the tour canceled after a stage