The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has formally stripped American former professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton of the 2004 Athens Olympics time trial gold medal.
The IOC has removed Hamilton’s name from the result sheet in reaction to his admission to doping during his career.
Russian Viatcheslav Ekimov moves into the gold medal position, with American Bobby Julich now awarded the silver medal and Michael Rogers of Australia gaining bronze.
Before re-allocating the medals, the IOC requested documents from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to ensure that those being awarded the medals were not also implicated in USADA’s doping investigation.
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 throughout his professional cycling career during an American television interview.