Tyler Hamilton loses Olympic gold after admitting to doping

American cyclist Tyler Hamilton loses his Olympic 2004 gold medal after admitting that he took an illegal substance during the Games.

American cyclist Tyler Hamilton has been stripped of his 2004 Olympic gold medal after admitting that he took performance enhancers.

The 41-year-old, who snatched the top honour in the time trial in Sydney, was found guilty of doping at the time but denied the allegations and was permitted to keep his medal following a successful appeal.

Eight years later, the American cyclist has admitted that he did take a banned substance during the Olympic Games while testifying at Lance Armstrong's federal trial.

The International Olympic Committee has since wiped Hamilton from the record books and have issued the gold medal to Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov.

Hamilton's compatriot Bobby Julich will be promoted from bronze to silver, while Australia's Michael Rogers will be handed the bronze medal.

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