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a reason Hamilton crashes a lot...(11 posts)

a reason Hamilton crashes a lot...lonefrontranger
Aug 26, 2002 10:56 AM
I'll bet Graham Watson has tons of "wasted" shots where he's got his head down.

Over the years, I've watched quite a bit of taped footage of Hamilton riding, and it looks like the guy's head is mounted on a swivel. Watch him in an ITT; about every 20 pedalstrokes he drops his head and looks at his top tube, all the while his bike looks like it's chasing butterflies. In the pack, you will often see him looking around and everywhere but where he's going. Couple that with the fact that he rides like a squirrel on crack (one of those guys who's bike direction is dictated by pedaling input) and he tends to go full-out aggro at all possible moments, and you get a lot of crashing. Not to denigrate the guy; he's a phenomenal rider, but I'm sure that even if he did race in USPRO or national calendar crits, Jonas Carney would anoint him with the dubious honor of "That Guy":

Even in this pic, he's got his trademark bandages on. It also seems that an attack is going up the left side while his attention is elsewhere...
re: a reason Hamilton crashes a lot...firstrax
Aug 26, 2002 11:08 AM
Reminds me of an early 90's Armstrong. Tyler has a lot of polishing to do but he has tons of talent. If he cleans up some of these habits we could have another amercian TDF contender.
...if anyone should be wearing a helmet... nmDougSloan
Aug 26, 2002 11:38 AM
I laughed hard when I read (on this board) someone's summing upbill
Aug 26, 2002 11:56 AM
Tyler's career:
"He needs to start kicking someone's ass other than his own . . . ."
I like the Mad Dog's highly un-PC description:lonefrontranger
Aug 26, 2002 1:50 PM
"...falls down more than Ted Kennedy on St. Patrick's Day..."

During the Tour my girlfriend who doesn't follow cycling...chopper
Aug 26, 2002 1:14 PM
heard the name Tyler Hamilton during one of the broadcast's and said "has he crashed yet". About 10 minutes later I stopped laughing.
ROFL nmcyclejim
Aug 26, 2002 5:19 PM
at least zulle has a good excuse for falling (nm)yeah right
Aug 26, 2002 2:14 PM
Didn't someone post last week USPS didn't use Mavic Ksyriums?cydswipe
Aug 26, 2002 3:36 PM
That picture looks about as close to proof as I could ever come up with.
Didn't someone post last week USPS didn't use Mavic Ksyriums?yeah right
Aug 26, 2002 3:46 PM
I also seem to remember hamilton wearing a different jersey in the tdf this year. Yep, he rides for CSC now, which means that the picture was from last year.

I think the debate was over Usps using Bontrager wheels this year, as opposed to Mavic, who was their sponsor last year.
that what I was talking aboutcyclejim
Aug 26, 2002 5:21 PM
Yesterday I think I posted that news about Tyler breaking his collarbone. This is the best explanation I have seen thus far... lol. Just think, if it werent for all of those Giro crashes.... (should woulda coulda!)

nice post