Hamilton Subpoenaed to Appear Before Grand Jury
Attorney won`t say whether it`s related to Lance
Posted: 07/23/2010 11:56:46 PM MDT
NEW YORK -- Former professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, though his attorney refused to say whether it has anything to do with a federal investigation involving former teammate Lance Armstrong.
Chris Manderson said late Friday that Hamilton, a teammate of Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service team, "understands his legal obligations" and will cooperate with the grand jury.
The subpoena of Hamilton was first reported by ESPN.com.
"I can`t comment on whether it`s the Lance Armstrong doping case," Manderson told The Associated Press. "I can`t comment on anything other than the fact that it`s been received and he will cooperate."
Hamilton is among several former teammates and staff members of Armstrong to have been contacted by investigators since disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis went public with allegations of organized doping on the U.S. Postal Service team. Armstrong was the leader of the team, which later become Discovery Channel, and helped him win a record seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong has continually denied doping allegations, and recently hired former federal prosecutor Bryan D. Daly to represent him in the face of possible fraud and doping violations.
The cancer survivor returned from a brief retirement to finish third in the Tour last year, and is 23rd in the overall standings with two stages left in this year`s race. The team that Armstrong helped organize, Team Radioshack, leads the team standings.
The questions about doping have followed Armstrong throughout this year`s race, which he has already announced will be his final Tour de France. Armstrong said that he wants to devote more time to his family and the Livestrong Foundation.