(Disclaimer: when I was well, I raced bicycles. I know Tyler Hamilton, and my impression is of a guy who needs to be persuaded to take aspirin for a headache. I've always thought the charge was bullshit and I still do.)
Apparently, neither American cyclists nor Team Phonak get it .
American riders, here's a news flash: no American cyclist, riding for a European team, is ever going to win a major event without a doping charge, as long as the drug test decision-making is in the hands of Continental Europeans. You know the history of the sport, or you should. That alone will explain it. STAY AWAY: build American teams where you don't have to watch your back all the time. Yes, there is a drug culture in the sport. But yes, Europeans in general and the French in particular will go on hating you because you're an American who has taken away their sport. If they can't beat you on the road, they'll try to get you off it. Join a European team, and you're going to be fucked, sooner or later. I guarantee the next Tour winner will be French, Italian, or Swiss, juiced to the eyeballs, and walk away clean from his tests. How many times do you need this to happen to figure it out?
Team Phonak, here's your bulletin: stop screwing American cyclists. Somebody in your organisation sucks: oh sure, you didn't know. If you don't have the stones to find out, then be honest and quit giving berths to promising American cyclists. You suck. I'd guarantee that it will be your stoned European cyclist that wins the next Tour, except that there are so many equally promising sponsored candidates.