Tyler for winning a NCAA cycling championship

Tyler Hamilton was an American cyclist who was born on March 1stof 1971. As a collegiate athlete, he isknown for winning a NCAA cycling championship at the University of Coloroda in 1993.2As a professional, heis known for winning races like the Dauphine Libere, Tour of Romandie, and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic.2Hamilton was one of the best and most popular U.S cyclists of his generation. However; he is most famous for hisdoping scandal throughout the good part of his career during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.In 2003, Hamilton fractured his collarbone in stage 1 of the Tour de France, which is considered to be thebiggest cycling race of the year.2He somehow still managed to finish fourth place overall even with the fracturedcollarbone, which turned out to be his best career result of the race. In the Tour De France next year, he sustainedback injuries in stage six of the race and had to withdraw.2However, he somehow managed to recover in time towin a gold medal in the time trial for the Athens Olympics that year.2Months later he won a trail stage for theTour of Spain but withdrew from the race because of so called stomach ailments.2It was then announced that hisblood tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion .2A homologous transfusion is when another blood typeis present in your system. Authorities also revealed the same traces were found in his Olympic blood test butimproper handling of the sample allowed him to keep his medal.2He denied those allegations and fought againstthe claims in court in 2005.2His team argued that there were several reasons that there was foreign blood in hisbody; they even used the “vanishing twin” theory to argue this.2The vanishing twin theory is a theory that states2the uterus of the mother at one time had twins and one of the twins vanishes because of a miscarriage and thattwins tissue is then absorbed by the other twin. Needless to say, he ended up losing the court case and was bannedfrom cycling for two years.2Hamilton made his return in 2007 but his career really took off again after his 2005ban. He ended up winning the Tour of Qinghai in 2008, but retired on April 17, 2009 immediately following apositive test for the steroid DHEA.2Hamilton said that he knowingly took the steroid in an over-the-countersupplement.2Hamilton had a lot of motivation to take performance-enhancing drugs. His competitive nature ended upgetting the best of him. He wanted to be on the same levels as his peers in regards to strength and stamina. He wastired of seeing others way ahead of the game because they were on banned substances and he wasn’t.People whowere bigger than him were cycling at much faster speeds and he was sick of it.5He allowed his team doctor PedroCelaya to provide him with EPO in 1997.5He said that everyone at the time was open to it and doing it.5Heconfessed to transfusions before most of his major victories. He referred to drug test at the time as IQ test becauseas long as you paid attention, there was a 99 percent chance you were going to get away with cheating.5Hamiltonhad the opportunity to ride with Lance Armstrong who was the most famous cyclist of this generation. Heconfirmed that Armstrong was in on everything including a plan in the 1999 Tour de France where a motorcyclistwho was following the team of racers had thermos full of EPO.4This EPO was given to the riders of the teamafter every stage of the race.4In a tell all book which he helped author calledThe Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour deFrance: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs, Tyler Hamilton gave away his secrets about how him andother cyclists would get away with doping and taking performance enhancement supplements. Many haveapplauded this book because they say that it was proof that his teammate Lance Armstrong had doped. This bookwas written before Armstrong came out and admitted to doping, so it gave the book even more credibility. In thebook, Hamilton talked about how the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) never really had a chance of winningagainst the athletes because they were always ahead of the game and are still ahead of the game to this day.1Hesays that a key way that many of the fellow cyclist at the time got away with doping is because “there was a sevenhour window everyday that the WADA guaranteed the athletes that it would not test them in this time frame.”1Hamilton said that to evade detection of erythropoietin (EPO), he would just inject small amounts of itintravenously every night.1This technique was called “microdosing”, instead of “injecting thousands of unitsevery 3-4 days; he would just inject about 400 to 500 units every night.”1Around 2001, Hamilton and histeammates would put testosterone patches on their skin for a couple hours and get a boost of testosterone withoutit being detected.1Hamilton was recently interviewed in 2017 where he continued to confess his affiliations with drugs. Hesays that he really abused a drug called kenacort which helped him put off weight before his big races.3Hamiltonbelieves that cycling today is much cleaner than it used to be. He states that doping in amateur cycling is very big