Tyler Hamilton Interview - Part 1

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09/6/2008| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne. Thomas Valentinsen contributed to this article
Tyler Hamilton (Team Rock Racing) and Blake Caldwell (Team Garmin-Chipotle) fight their way to the finish line. Photo copyright <A HREF="http://pa.photoshelter.com/usr-show/U0000yEwV90OAoAE" TARGET="_BLANK">Ben Ross</A>.
Tyler Hamilton (Team Rock Racing) and Blake Caldwell (Team Garmin-Chipotle) fight their way to the finish line. Photo copyright Ben Ross.

Tyler Hamilton Interview - Part 1

Roadcycling.com reporter Dave Osborne talks to Tyler Hamilton about winning the US Pro Road Cycling Championships, the very exciting finish, and his transition from Team Tinkoff to Rock Racing.

Roadcycling.com reporter Dave Osborne talks to Tyler Hamilton about winning the US Pro Road Cycling Championships, the very exciting finish, and his transition from Team Tinkoff to Rock Racing.

DO: First of all, everyone here at RoadCycling.com would certainly like to congratulate you on your US Pro win.

TY: Thank you very much. It was a nice victory for me and also for the team and my teammates' respect. 

DO: You have had a little time for it to sink in or set in now so looking back at it, what does this mean to you on a personal level and what does it mean to you in your professional cycling career?

TY: It still really hasn't sunk in 100 percent. I have been pretty busy this week. I'm leaving in an hour and a half to go to London for the Tour of Great Britain. I've tried not to really slack off too much this week and stay focused and this is our last race of the season and so I want to give it a try. The Tour of Great Britain is an important race for the team. Michael Ball (Team Rock Racing owner, ed.) does a lot of business there in London so, again, I've tried to stay pretty focused. It will probably hit me probably on Sunday when I do my first road race in the national champion group.

DO: When you get back on the bike wearing the stars and stripes?

TY: I'm sure it will sink in a little bit then.

DO: That's going to be awesome. You look good in the photo.

TY: Thank you, thank you, thanks a lot.

DO: Obviously, you are with Rock Racing now and, by the way, the scull on the design is awesome. That's a cool thing. I don't know if you notice those things or not.

TY: I love it, I love it, I love it. You know it's the look. It's a special team and it has a special feel to it – totally different than any team that I've been with before. I'm having a ton of fun.

DO: Well, that's great. I think fun is the priority in anything you do.

TY: Exactly, exactly. Whatever you're doing in life with whatever job you're doing, it's the chief reason; go out and enjoy it or what are you doing it for?

DO: Tell us a little bit about the transition from Team Tinkoff to Rock Racing and kind of how that came about.

TY: Well, I don't have a whole lot of good things to say about the owner of the Tinkoff team. You know, I had great teammates on that team. There was young talent on that team. I really only raced with the team through the Tour of Georgia last year. Then, we came in for a contract dispute and he had his opinion and I had mine. We've been in Court ever since. Once we're in Court, he still won't honor my contract. I will see him again in Court. That's unfortunate and,

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