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Tyler Hamilton discloses doping payments in court

February 19, 2013

MADRID (AP) — Former U.S. cyclist Tyler Hamilton says he paid tens of thousands of dollars a year to the doctor at the heart of the Operation Puerto scandal.

Hamilton told Judge Julia Santamaria by video link that he used blood doping services about 15 times and also bought blood booster EPO, testosterone, growth hormone and insulin from defendant Eufemiano Fuentes.

Hamilton said he paid $33,000 to $40,000 for the services in 2002 and 2003. He then agreed to pay $67,000 for 2004, but was not able to complete the treatment because he tested positive for receiving someone else’s blood in September 2004.

Hamilton was stripped of his gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics last year after confessing to doping.

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