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By Becky Leidy
Date: 9/1/2003
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According to Tyler Hamilton's official website, the former CSC rider will be riding for the Phonak Cycling Team on the heels of an incredible Tour de France showing which saw him take fourth place in the GC with a broken collarbone.

"I'm sorry to say goodbye to Team CSC, but that's part of the game. I have had a fantastic time on the team, and I will thank the whole team for their great support they have given me. They all have a big honour for the results I have achieved through the past two years at CSC."

The Phonak company is a technological leader in creating devices for the hearing impaired. The team has floundered as seen most recently in the Giro del Friuli, which ended just yesterday. The only Phonak rider to finish was Marco Fertonani in 20th place with the second group of riders. There will be no question as to who will lead this team with the addition of Hamilton.

However, many loyal Tyler fans are questioning this move to Phonak, a team that wasn't even invited to the Tour this year. After such a fantastic performance in France and the chemistry obviously shared between Riis and the American, could money be the only reason for the move? Perhaps with the series of injuries suffered this year, he has realized that his longevity on the bike has been severely compromised. This fact might warrant a team change for big bucks and a contract.

Danish news sources also report that Hamilton will be returning to the United States to rest, after his hip injury in the Tour of Holland last week.

More details to follow as they become available.

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