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Tyler Hamilton to Phonak?(10 posts)

Tyler Hamilton to Phonak?ms
Aug 19, 2003 2:04 PM
velo101.com and velo-club.net have cryptic comments(at least for me with my limited comprehension of French) that there are advanced discussions between Tyler Hamilton and Phonak. One of the reports mentions a comment in L'Equipe. Does anyone know anything about this?
Maybe....bigdeal
Aug 19, 2003 2:31 PM
From www.cyclingnews.com - a GREAT source for pro news (IMO):

Rumours are swirling about where Tyler Hamilton will end up next year. Nearing the end of his two year deal with Team CSC, the Man from Marblehead is perhaps the most highly sought after rider in the peloton after his courageous 4th place overall (and stage win) in the Tour de France with a cracked collarbone. Current team sponsor Computer Sciences Corporation, a global computer services firm listed in the Fortune 130, has renewed their with Riis Cycling through 2005, but multiple sources report that Hamilton is being wooed with a two year deal estimated to be worth 3 million euros from ambitious Swiss squad Phonak.

In Zurich on Sunday, Phonak's American consultant Jim Ochowitz told Cyclingnews that reports indicating Hamilton had signed with Phonak were premature, but acknowledged that the CSC leader was talking to teams as the height of transfer season arrives. Phonak's Jacques Michaud, however, has confirmed that his team is very interested in signing Hamilton, and that talks are "advanced", but he aims to respect the September 1 date, after which transfers become fair game.

"We'll do everything to get Hamilton," Michaud commented. "He's a leader who corresponds well with a team like ours, both in an international sense and in view of the grand tours."

The Swiss team is also said to be talking to Spaniard Joseba Beloki, who is at the end of his contract with ONCE-Eroski. Cyclingnews' sources at Team CSC indicate that the Danish-based multi-national squad hopes to wrap up its contract renewal with Hamilton in the next week.
I've been scooped! LOL -nmTig
Aug 19, 2003 2:34 PM
CyclingNews.com's storyTig
Aug 19, 2003 2:32 PM
CyclingNews.com has this small blurb:
Rumours are swirling about where Tyler Hamilton will end up next year. Nearing the end of his two year deal with Team CSC, the Man from Marblehead is perhaps the most highly sought after rider in the peloton after his courageous 4th place overall (and stage win) in the Tour de France with a cracked collarbone. Current team sponsor Computer Sciences Corporation, a global computer services firm listed in the Fortune 130, has renewed their with Riis Cycling through 2005, but multiple sources report that Hamilton is being wooed with a two year deal estimated to be worth 3 million euros from ambitious Swiss squad Phonak.

In Zurich on Sunday, Phonak's American consultant Jim Ochowitz told Cyclingnews that reports indicating Hamilton had signed with Phonak were premature, but acknowledged that the CSC leader was talking to teams as the height of transfer season arrives. Phonak's Jacques Michaud, however, has confirmed that his team is very interested in signing Hamilton, and that talks are "advanced", but he aims to respect the September 1 date, after which transfers become fair game.

"We'll do everything to get Hamilton," Michaud commented. "He's a leader who corresponds well with a team like ours, both in an international sense and in view of the grand tours."

The Swiss team is also said to be talking to Spaniard Joseba Beloki, who is at the end of his contract with ONCE-Eroski. Cyclingnews' sources at Team CSC indicate that the Danish-based multi-national squad hopes to wrap up its contract renewal with Hamilton in the next week.


I'm sure Tyler will give CSC time to renew his contract since he doesn't want to leave his trusted coach, Riis. Tyler has plenty of honor and integrity as well.
CyclingNews.com's storypedalruns
Aug 19, 2003 3:22 PM
I really hope Tyler stays with CSC... Even though I would cheer him no matter which team he is on..

It will be strange next year in the tour to see the two(Riis & Tyler) working against each other after all they have been through in the last 2 years. Maybe this is all rumor(I really hope it is)... But usually rumors start for a reason..
CyclingNews.com's storyAlpedhuez55
Aug 19, 2003 5:02 PM
I agree, CSC is the best fit for Tyler. They just need to build a little more strength in the mountains. I hope he stays there. Riis seems to be a master at moving a rider to the next level. Look what he did Jalabert.
I agree as well. CSC/Riis/Tyler make a great match. -nmTig
Aug 19, 2003 5:38 PM
Move to squeeze more $ out of CSC corporate, or plain stupidity?BergMann
Aug 19, 2003 7:46 PM
For starters, Tyler moving to Phonak would be a _huge_ mistake on par with Ullrich going to Coast. Phonak is a second-class outfit with a handful of talented riders but lacking in the cohesion and focus of teams with strong leadership like Postal, Saeco, & CSC.

The Phonak management was foolish enough to waste their cash on a fast-fading Zulle this year, which doesn't exactly speak for their tactical sense. I have a feeling Phonak has a better chance of landing Beloki because he's desperate for a new contract. Phonak is desperate for a meal-ticket to the TDF, so they're a match made in heaven.

My guess is that Tyler is out courting other offers so Riis can go to the CSC folks and get more money. As CSC's performance at Wachovia Week (and the TDF, for that matter) shows, Riis and the boys have been working hard this year to get CSC corporate in the US involved in the sponsorship of the team (they're currently sponsored by CSC's Danish affiliate).

If I were Tyler, I'd be asking Riis and CSC to pick up a couple of good climbers on the buyer's market that is Spanish cycling right now, and fatten my check while he's at it. But as ol' Ulli has shown us this season, great riders aren't necessarily great decision makers...
CyclingNews.com's storyweiwentg
Aug 20, 2003 5:54 AM
> Riis seems to be a master at moving a rider to the next level. Look what he did Jalabert.

actually, Manolo Saiz, dictator that he is, played a big role in that. don't mean to downplay Riis' abilities, though.
CyclingNews.com's storynoveread
Aug 20, 2003 8:00 AM
Yeah, Riis didn't move Jalabert to the next level. Jalabert was a former #1. He had a great two last seasons of his career with Riis/CSC, but should we have expected anything less from such a great rider?

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