American cyclist Tyler Hamilton is set to announce his retirement today from competitive cycling after failing yet another drug test. Hamilton has admitted to taking steroids that were in an anti-depressant medication he knowingly started taking.
At the time he bought the supplement, which is marketed under the brand name Mitamins Advanced Formula for Depression, Hamilton said he was in a “desperate” emotional state triggered when he went off his prescription medication cold turkey. DHEA is clearly listed among its ingredients.
“Right now, I need to deal with my own issues and take care of myself,” he told ESPN.com from his home in Boulder, Colo. “Did I take it knowing it was on the banned list? Yes. Did I take it because it was performance-enhancing? Absolutely not.”
Hamilton was first suspended, back in 2004, for a homologous blood transfusion. He was suspended for two years.
Tyler was built up to be the wonder-kid of cycling, while Lance Armstrong was battling cancer and before he went on to win 7 Tour de Frances. Hamilton never lived up to the hype and became more of a disgrace than savior to his sport.
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