Tyler Hamilton Diary

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05/7/2004| 0 comments
by Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton Diary

One step at a time.

sponsor and number one fan. Being able to win Romandie this year was a lot more special because doing so meant so much to the team and everyone involved.

Due to some technical difficulties, I wasn't in good contact with the team car throughout the final time trial. So my only choice was to go full out and not ask questions. The final few kilometers were so tough mentally and physically largely because I had no idea what was going on.

Adrenaline helped me pass my two-minute man on the final climb, but he quickly passed me back because I was starting to pay for having the pedal to the max over the entire course. Still, it all ended well, although it took me a few minutes to figure out if I had won the stage or the overall after the finish. Everyone just assumed I knew the outcome.

There wasn't a whole lot of time to celebrate though. As usually is the case after a finish, guys scatter like ants to make flights and rides home. I had to skip the press conference following the race to make it to my departure.

Looking to July

I know I lot of folks are excited about the upcoming Tour, some of whom want to put words in my mouth regarding my expectations and goals come July. Per usual, I really prefer to just let my legs do the talking rather than flap my gums.

All I can say at this point is, that I've been given an incredible opportunity to ride for a great team that is every bit as fired up about the Tour as I am. We are all training with a mission. We really want to see a Phonak jersey on the podium - that's our goal. And the way this team rallied around Romandie as an objective makes me think if we keep our heads down and our hearts in the game, we can get there.

But before that all plays itself out, there's a lot of riding to be done. Some of the guys on our team have the Giro on the horizon. Me? I have plenty of homework to do in the Pyr?n?es and the
Alps and they'll be a good bit of racing to do in June as a ramp-up for July.

So, one step at a time. Little by little.

Thanks for reading.

Tyler Hamilton

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