Tyler Hamilton, champion du courage
Bravery award of the day goes to Tyler Hamilton, who seems to be making a habit of riding Grand Tours in pain. Last year he finished second in the Giro after he crashed in Stage 5 and raced the last 2 1/2 weeks with a broken shoulder.
Instead of describing the pain to friends and colleagues, Hamilton merely showed the X-rays from his dental check up. He had ground his teeth down so far from the pain, he needed 11 of them replaced.
"I was in constant pain," said Hamilton, who managed enough strength to reward teammates with Rolex watches. "Whether I was on my bed or on my bike, I was in pain."
Once again Hamilton defies the odds by starting this morning and even more remarkably finished in the bunch.
CSC website reports -
”I was in a lot of pain out on the stage and, in a way, I was actually surprised that I was able to complete the stage. With my current level of pain I am forced to take it one day at the time. My immediate ambition is to try to make it to the team time trial in order to help Carlos Sastre. He has done so much work for me in the spring and I am now going to use all my strength to try to help him. Apart from all this, I am just happy to still be in the race”, said Hamilton after the stage.
Bjarne Riis was impressed with his team captain’s performance: “It came as a positive surprise that Tyler was able to complete today’s stage. It takes an enormous amount of will power to stay out there with so much pain. We must take it one day at the time and hope that the pain does not grow too big. Neither we, nor Tyler, can accept if he has to suffer all the way through the race because of his crash.”
Danilo Di Luca unwell
Unfortunately Danilo Di Luca has a very high fever, which may be related to the fact steel wires that held his collar bone together removed were only removed on June 23rd. Teammate Paolo Fornaciari shepherded “the killer” home - which does not bode too well for the Red Team in the upcoming TTT.
Bram Schmitz to Telekom
Dutchman Bram Schmitz will ride next season for Team Telekom. The 26 year old signed a two year contract on Monday. Telekom manager Walter Godefroot commented -
"(Schmitz) is not only a good rider but he will fit in well with the rest of our team members.”
Schmitz, who is riding for the "Bankgirolotterij" team, won the won the overall in the Tour of Rhodes in Feburary and the KoM competition in the Tour of Germany. It is the first new signing by Telekom for the coming season.
Germany in the Tour de France
In one hundred years of Tour history Germany has produced only one winner, Jan Ullrich.
In 1932, Kurt Stöpel took second place. And in
1977, the then 22-year old Dietricht "Didi" Thurau rode in first place with the yellow jersey for more than two weeks, not losing it until the race climbed its way into the Alps.
"If I had had a little more experience, I think I could have won that race," Thurau recalls. "But things turned out differently. Still, it was great to be able to wear the yellow jersey for 15 days and such huge euphoria broke out in Germany. It could hardly have gone any better."
In the end, Thurau came in fifth place. The first German victor came along 20 years later, when Jan Ullrich (photo) celebrated his Tour de France win along the Champs Elysee in Paris in 1997.
"It's an incredible feeling to ride along the Champs Elysee," Ullrich remembers. "I had goosebumps. The kilometers passed by so incredibly quickly. At first I
couldn't believe I had won. Instead I looked at my front and back tires to see if I had broken a spoke. I was afraid something would break or that I'd have an accident. It took me a little bit of time to realize [that I had won]."
Bloomberg Speculate on Armstrong's Earnings
Bloomberg.com today reported their analysis of Armstrongs earning power -
“Lance Armstrong may make more than $16 million this year if he secures a record-tying fifth straight win in the Tour de France, cementing his position as the sport's richest-ever athlete, analysts said.
"Considering he's a cyclist, it's just phenomenal," said Nova Lanktree, senior vice president of player marketing with Chicago-based CSMG Sports, a company that matches celebrities with companies. "Armstrong's story transcends sport. He has such a powerful, positive image for advertisers."
He gets $4 million this year from the U.S. Postal Service, his team's major backer, and stands to make more than $3 million in bonuses from his dozen other sponsors if he wins the 100th Tour de France that started Saturday.
Pro Cycling Tour Announces Inaugural PCT Rocky Mountain Classic at Vail in September 2003
Vail Named Official Resort of the 2004 Pro Cycling Tour
Norristown, PA - The Pro Cycling Tour (PCT), owned and operated by Threshold
Sports, and the Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau (VVCTB) announced today
the 2004 PCT Rocky Mountain Classic at Vail professional cycling event. The
inaugural weekend of races is set for September 3-5, 2004. Vail has also
been named the Official Resort of the 2004 PCT.
Top United States and international cyclists will compete on September 4th &
5th in a one-day circuit road race through Vail Village and Beaver Creek as
well as a shorter criterium event expected to be held in Vail Village. A
large recreational ride is being planned for September 3rd. Threshold
Sports, working with the VVCTB, is in the process of designing the courses
along with ancillary events, expos and entertainment. Details will be
announced early in 2004.
“The PCT Rocky Mountain Classic at Vail will generate tremendous visibility
for the Vail Valley, especially in our key markets,” said Rick Chastain,
Director of Event Marketing for the VVCTB. “"With a strong field of riders,
we are positive this event will become a great annual competition showcasing
the beauty of summertime in the Vail Valley to an international audience."
The VVCTB will pursue a focused strategy in leveraging the relationship with
the PCT to increase tourism spending on a year-round basis. The goal for
the event itself is to attract 20,000 visitors to the Vail Valley for an
average stay of four nights, representing a projected revenue generation of
over seven million dollars. In addition, the event will bring significant
exposure to the Vail Valley as an active lifestyle destination year-round.
The relationship will involve an integrated marketing campaign including
national television, print, radio, internet and consumer promotions in key
U.S. markets as well as on-site marketing at other Pro Cycling Tour events.
The PCT Rocky Mountain Classic at Vail will be an official event on the 2004
Pro Cycling Tour and take place just one week before the PCT’s season-finale
races for men and women, the T-Mobile International, presented by BMC
Software on September 12, 2004 in San Francisco.
According to Threshold Sports CEO, Dave Chauner, “We are excited to add Vail
as an upscale resort location on the annual Pro Cycling Tour. With Vail and
San Francisco back-to-back, we offer an ideal reason for cycling fans around
the globe to come to the U.S. to witness our world-class cycling - American
Featuring seven races from June through September with over one million
on-site spectators, the 2003 PCT races in Philadelphia, New York City and
San Francisco. The PCT is sanctioned by USA Cycling, the national governing
body for cycling in the U.S. Threshold Sports is a sports marketing and
event management company that organizes the nation’s biggest and best
professional bicycle races.
Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium adds Women's Race
Boise, Idaho – The Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium will include a women’s race
in 2003, according to Race Director Mike Cooley. This year’s event is scheduled
for Saturday, July 26 with the women’s race starting at 7:30 p.m.
“To help fill the void in women’s cycling created by the cancellation of the
Women’s Challenge, we decided that adding a women’s event to the Wells Fargo
Twilight Criterium would be the right thing to do,” Cooley said. “We have had
women enter the event before, but this will be the first year we will have a
race exclusively for the women cyclists.”
The event will be opened to women who are licensed with the U.S. Cycling
Federation to compete in Pro, 1, 2 or 3 categories. They will compete for a
total purse of $3,000 with a payout to the top 10 riders.
More than 12,000 people are expected in Downtown Boise to watch what has
become one of Boise’s major summer attractions. The action gets underway at 5:30
p.m. with the Men’s Cat 4 and 5 race, followed at 6:30 p.m. with the Men’s Cat 3
race. The Men’s event for Pro, 1 and 2 competitors will begin at 9 p.m.
All racers must be registered with the U.S. Cycling Federation (USCF).
Cyclists interested in competing in the Criterium can register online at
sportsbaseonline.com or by
calling Cooley at (208) 343-3782. The entry fee is $30.
“With the addition of the women’s race and the increased recognition the
Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium has received nationally, we are expecting even
more professional riders than we have seen in the past,” said Cooley, who also
is an owner of George’s Cycles in Boise. “The Twilight Criterium is one of the
hottest races in the country.”
VeloNews, a national cycling magazine, recently named the event the third
best criterium in the U.S. behind #1 in Athens, GA and #2 in Austin, TX.
Sanctioned by the USCF, the Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium is a timed criterium
that lasts one hour plus 5 laps for the Main Event and 45 minutes plus 1 lap for
the preliminary races. The 1-kilometer course runs through Downtown Boise on
Main and Idaho Streets between 6th and 9th Streets. The start/finish line
is located near Main St. and Capitol Blvd.
Cash prizes are awarded to the top 20 finishers of the main men’s event,
including $3,000 to the winner. An awards ceremony will follow the final
race at approximately 10:15 p.m. Cat 3 racers will compete for a $1,000 purse in
prizes only, and Cat 4 and 5 racers will compete for a $500 purse in prizes
New Bicyclecoach.com forums
July 7, 2003--Bicyclecoach.com invites fellow cyclists and coaches to visit
our new "Cyclists Cafe- Q & A" forum and our new "Coaches Cafe" forum.
www.bicyclecoach.com is a trusted internet resource for athletes looking for
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So, if you have training questions, feel free to ask them on our new forums!
Discuss training, racing, and/or other cycling related issues with our
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Did you know? - Miguel Indurain
David Duffield (Eurosport) reports that the great Miguel Indurain will attend the Dave Rayner Dinner fund raiser this year in Yorkshire. A true champion and great cyclist (er - Big Mig, not Mr Duffield) - 6 facts about the great man from his website.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
He the only cyclist honoured with having the start banner of one of the races in the Tour de France, in front of his own house. This took place in Olaz (Navarra), in the race starting off in Pamplona, Km. O
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
With his victory in 1991, he became the tallest Tour winner ever. (1.88m).
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
He's the only one to win two a Giro and a Tour consecutively.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
In the 1990 Tour, when breaking away, two races left to the end, he was about to become the "yellow maillot", but he had to give up to wait for his team leader, Pedro Delgado.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
His very first bike was stolen while he was working the land with his father.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
He was eleven when he won his first competition, the second in which he had taken place. The prize was a sandwich and a drink.
Miguel Indurain site:
Dave Rayner fund: