After knowingly taking Mitamins Advanced Formula for Depression, a supplement containing DHEA, and testing positive for the substance, which is banned for pro cyclists, Tyler Hamilton announced he is retiring for now to work through his depression.
Since 2003, according to Rock Racing, Hamilton has battled depression. Ã‚Â In a Cycling News interview, he said:
“I took a banned substance so I need to take whatever penalty they will give me and move forward. Today is about my leaving the sport and to talk about my depression, not the past. I don’t want to talk about that anymore, it’s about moving forward and taking care of myself.
“My future in the sport is yet to be determined. I’ll live with that. I have officially retired right now. Michael (Ball, owner, Rock Racing ) knows, but my teammates don’t know yet. It is a very difficult thing.”
Our guess is, his team knows by now.
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