Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton Awarded Amgen Breakaway From Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey

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02/19/2009| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton earns the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey, awarded to the cyclist who best exemplifies the character of those engaged in the fight against cancer. Photo copyright Vero Image.
Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton earns the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey, awarded to the cyclist who best exemplifies the character of those engaged in the fight against cancer. Photo copyright Vero Image.

Rock Racing’s Tyler Hamilton Awarded Amgen Breakaway From Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey

Team Rock Racing's Tyler Hamilton has been awarded the Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider jersey following his aggressive day of riding during the mountainous Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California.

Typically, there is a lot of wind there.  It’s a true, hard course and I expect the strongest man to win. A good time trialist is someone who can block out the pain; accept it. Somebody who has a big engine like Lance or Levi.”

“Astana is clearly the strongest ream in the mountains.  It’s really going to come down to the time trial to really crack them.  Sevilla has had some good rides, so we’ll just take it from there.  The last two days are really difficult, especially Sunday.  A lot of the general classification guys are waiting for the time trial to see if they can crack the Astana team.”

Commenting on the rumors about the demise of Team Rock Racing, Hamilton told Roadcycling.com that “There have been a lot of things said that weren’t really true.  Media reported on a lot of things that wasn’t really the case.  Just like everyone, with the economy, Michael Ball and Rock Racing has suffered like any big company, but he said from the beginning that his team was here to stay, and we’re still here and still fighting.  As a team, we decided to make this work, to roll with the punches a little bit, to help keep this team afloat, and I think that was a smart decision on all of the rider’s parts.  I’m happy to be here today, that’s for sure.”

“We’re around for this year, that’s for sure.  I can tell you that there is no June deadline anymore.  You just have to roll with the punches.  Obviously with the team has endured some ups and downs, but life is a roller coaster, right?  You just have to adjust every time.  We obviously had to change gears a few times in the off season, but we’re still here and still fighting and I think the public is happy we’re around.”

Hamilton had the following comments about the Rock Racing kit “I don’t think it hurts that we are a little edgy.  Michael Ball has always sort of looked outside of the cycling box, so to speak.  There is an edgy look to our team and I think the public likes it.” 

“I’m a modest person, so I don’t really need something big and flashy to announce that I’m the national champion.  It’s a little subtle on the kit; our kit is already kind of busy, so we just wanted to keep it simple.”

Click here to check out our recent interview with Tyler Hamilton.

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