Tyler Hamilton Diary
Tour de France prologue.
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Our camp gathered a little early on Tuesday morning to do some last minute previewing of the team time trial course together. It's always a bit of a challenge to figure out the order the guys are going to ride in. So it was good to have the chance to fine tune things a bit while riding on the actual course.
We also spent an afternoon previewing Stage 3 which will feature two pretty significant sections of pave. It's only a few kilometers of cobble stones, total - but they are pretty tough. Just riding them in training was enough to make my hands blister from holding the bars tight enough to keep control of my bike - which was bouncing all over the place. Everyone keeps talking about the second half of the Tour being where the real racing will be done, but there will be plenty of hurdles to jump before anyone can get to that.
Today's prologue course was pancake flat. Prologues are not always my specialty. I tend to favor those that are a little more technical or feature a bit of a climb. I tried out some longer cranks thinking they'd help me go faster on the long straight-aways, but in retrospect, they may have cost me too much in the corners. I would have preferred to have placed in the top 10, but I'm satisfied to have finish in the hunt, inside the top 20. There's a long way to go in this race, so it's not worth beating myself up over a few seconds lost today.
I was able to race on my new time trial bike this afternoon. It's a newly designed frame from BMC, custom made in
On behalf of my dog Tugboat, I want extend a huge thank you for the well wishes, notes and emails I've received regarding his recent illness. An endoscopy preformed early last week showed he is suffering from multiple stomach ulcers that developed after he had an allergic reaction to medication he was taking. He's still making daily vet visits for treatment, but hopes to be well enough to catch a couple of the
I also want to send my condolences out the family and friends of Stive Vermaut. Stive was a teammate of mine back