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Hamilton still defying expectations

Andrew Hood

American Tyler Hamilton had a great day Sunday, defying that he couldn’t ride with the best with a fractured collarbone.

The tough New Englander stayed with Armstrong on the bottom part of the final climb and even made a few moves toward the top, which he insisted were to keep the pace at a steady speed instead of the painful accelerations that wrack his shoulder with pain.

“The legs felt super all day,” said Hamilton, leader of the Danish CSC team. “On the first steep parts of the climb, I didn’t want to panic. I knew if I could hang on Lance’s wheel after his acceleration I knew I would be OK.”

Hamilton said he only has 50 percent strength in his shoulder, something he says handicaps him in the sharp accelerations. Hamilton hung on to finish an impressive seventh and bounced to sixth overall at just 1:52 back.

“Tyler was super today. He’s had a hard first week and for him to be in the front like that and to be attacking, that was impressive,” Armstrong said.

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