American Tyler Hamilton will be stripped of his 2004 Olympic Games time trial gold medal after admitting to doping during his career.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce on Friday that it has stripped Hamilton of the title, and will award it to former silver medallist Viatcheslav Ekimov, according to a report filed by the Associated Press.

American Bobby Julich will move up to silver medal position, with Michael Rogers of Australia gaining bronze. The move comes before the IOC’s eight-year statute of limitations expires at the end of August.

Hamilton failed a test for homologous blood transfusion at the 2004 Vuelta a Espana whilst riding for Phonak, the same year that he won the Oympic TT title.

At the time, Hamilton claimed complete innocence but came clean in May 2011 when he admitted to doping during his professional cycling career during an American television interview.

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  • SS

    PUNISHMENTS SHOULD BE MORE SEVERE. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT DOPING, YOU SHOULD BE BANNED FOREVER FROM THE SPORT. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP IT CLEAN. IT MAKES THE RISKS TO HIGH.

  • Jane

    Why bother? It’s on record and it’s what happend on that day. All photos and footage exist of that moment, that will never change. Forever will be this rider on the top spot whatever adjustments are made. Yes, it’s annoying and extremely bad for the sport but what, really, can be done to change the past, – nothing – only the future can ever be changed.

  • Terry

    Mike, 250 sportsmen were supposedly part of the Spanish ‘medical’ system some time ago.

    To think I stood on L Alpe D’Huez in 2003 in 100 degree heat and cheered him up the mountain with his ‘broken collarbone’ !
    I find it impossible to watch old Grand Tour videos or DVD’s as there is zero credibility to many of them.
    I hope the world takes notice of Team GB who have set the benchmark for the future. How many so called heroes were off the back in this years TdF which just goes to show how close we are getting to a level playing field at long last.

  • Mike

    Well……..we can only ban the people who test positive, or admit there cheating. You cant doubt everyone. If they are later proven to be cheats, then they deserv to have there victories removed from the records. Sadly we can not make up for the fat contracts the new winners did not get because they were cheated out of the results that would have enhanced there earning power. Its about time the powers introduced Sporting Fraud for cheats and make it a criminal offence.

    How do we know that footballers, tennis players, golfers are not drug cheats? We dont, and untill they introduce testing as thorough cycling we have to take them at face value.

  • Ken Evans

    A discredited era.

    2012 Olympic road race winner……Vino !
    Plus ca change.

  • Terry

    Ekimov ? Do me a favour ………
    Rabbits still in charge of the lettuce patch then !

  • JD

    And how do we really know the guys behind him weren’t also doping?

    A discredited era.

  • Michael Dunne

    It’s so discouraging to have heroes of the past stripped of their achievements.
    I guess the lesson is not to make heroes of sports personalities and to look elsewhere for men and women of old-fashioned, good character and reputation.
    Let’s teach our children and grandchildren this lesson.