Tyler Hamilton Diary
The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and is appreciated more than you can imagine.
Transfusing blood from a foreign source is dangerous business. We know this because our dog Tugboat faced the need for a transfusion in June. He had been bleeding internally and had lost over half his blood supply. When the veterinarian recommended a transfusion we agonized over the option for the better part of week. We feared contamination and disease. Only when the situation became "life or death" did we opt to move forward.
When a second transfusion was needed, we reluctantly moved forward again. This time, the effects were devastating. Tugboat was left paralyzed on the left side of his face in reaction to the blood. He never recovered. His final days were more uncomfortable as a result.
With the dangers of transfusing blood so fresh in our minds, it is ridiculous to think
His win in the individual time trial there was justification that the time trial training he had done for
He could have dropped out of the race after falling out of contention for the general classification, but he wanted to be there for his teammates; to go on riding in support of them, like they have done so often for him. After all, this was why he was there in the first place. This is the essence of bike racing and good sportsmanship. And
There are a number of questions that have to be answered regarding the situation