With the Floyd Landis watch in full swing, an important date came and went. Have you guessed yet? Well here it is. Tyler Hamilton’s ban ended on Friday September 22nd. Tyler had stated all along that he wanted to enter the World Championships Road Race on Sunday but he was quietly told by USA cycling that given the recent Operation Puerto cloud, he is persona non grata in the pro peloton. He needs to wait it out on the sidelines with Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich, and the others who have been suspended by their respective teams.
So, now what? well, according to a quote in Velonews. USA Cycling spokesman Andy Lee states
“He can race in USA Cycling-sanctioned events as of tomorrow, until USADA makes some sort of finding in the Puerto case, he can resume racing in the meantime.”
Right now, Tyler has no contract. He does, however have a standing offer to race in Nashville. Thanks Nashville Cyclist.