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Someone needs to tell this guy to shut up!(9 posts)

Someone needs to tell this guy to shut up!caniaitalia
Jul 17, 2003 7:31 AM
got this off Roche is just jealous he couldn't do it himself. he needs to grow up. i'd love to see him pull that off!!
his obvious lack of class is pretty evident.

NARBONNE, France - Tyler Hamilton's brave bid to finish the Tour de France has been dubbed "ridiculous" and worthy of some candle-lighting in the religious city of Lourdes by former Tour de France winner Stephen Roche.
The Irishman, who in 1987 won the Tour, the Giro and the world championships, feels the brouhaha surrounding the American rider's efforts are doing the sport no favours.
Hamilton has been racing with a double fracture of his collarbone, diagnosed by the Tour's official doctor, since a mass crash marred the Tour's first stage on July 6.
The 32-year-old CSC team leader, who had been expected to gain a top five finish in the centenary race, has been given painkilling injections and his bike has been adapted so that he can ride in less pain.
He survived three days in the Alps and even managed to attack Lance Armstrong, his former boss at US Postal, on the daunting climb up the Alpe d'Huez.
But Roche, who saw his own team-mate Pascal Simon crash out with a shoulder injury while wearing the yellow jersey during the 1987 Tour, is not convinced.
"It's definitely been blown out of proportion. It's totally ridiculous," Roche told AFP prior to the start of the 11th stage from Narbonne to Toulouse.
"If the doctor says it's broken or fractured then he shouldn't be racing. It's as simple as that.
"And if he falls off the bike then his shoulder could be sevrely damaged," added Roche, who feels that Hamilton's determination to finish the race after his successful season so far is bad for the sport.
"I mean, it's not doing any favours for the image of cycling. For the past few years cycling has been getting its act together (vis-a-vis doping) and the commentators on TV are going mad about Hamilton - 'he's in the saddle, and he's out of the saddle etc etc'.
"But I think all he and his team are doing is giving the public a gun to shoot us with.
"People watching what's happening are going to be asking themselves, 'is this guy for real' or they are going to be saying 'what kind of drugs are they giving him?'
"Sitting in the saddle with a fractured collarbone is hard enough, getting up out of the saddle is even harder, and attacking is almost impossible."
Hamilton is in fifth place, 1min 52sec behind Armstrong ahead of Thursday's 11th stage.
Roche says the American might achieve his aims - if he lights a candle or two in the holy city of Lourdes, where the sick and crippled seek miracles.
"A top five finish? I think it's still possible. He got through the Alps okay and so the Pyrenees shouldn't be any problem.
"We'll be passing nearby Lourdes soon, so maybe he should light a candle."

anyone got an opinion? maybe i'm being to judgemental. i don't think so...
A similar post on the General boardTypeOne
Jul 17, 2003 12:37 PM
The consensus seems to be that Roche doesn't make any sense, or is simply bitter and confused. I think what Tyler is doing is a great thing - he's defying the view that pro roadies are weenies.
Maybe Roche has a Broken Spoke???shirt
Jul 17, 2003 9:49 PM
First, I think Tyler is making an heroic effort. I'd love to see him on the podium. Second, I am a LITTLE tired of hearing English and More English go on and on about it. I guess you have to have something to talk about for four hours when only thirty minutes is actually interesting.

Third, racing with a broken collar bone really isn't that big of a deal. Doing the Tour, yes. Racing, not really. Anybody that's done sports that involve crashing soon learns that it's just part of racing. There's always pain anyway, this is just another fruit in the smoothie.
Maybe Roche has a Broken Spoke???caniaitalia
Jul 18, 2003 3:58 AM
eeh, sorry guys i didn't see the other discussion in the General catagory. my bad. anyway, ur both right. guess i wasn't being too judgemental!
Maybe Roche has a Broken Spoke???caniaitalia
Jul 18, 2003 3:58 AM
Maybe Roche has a Broken Spoke???BrokenSpoke
Jul 18, 2003 7:04 AM
Such Wit!!! I fell of my chair laughing so hard. Whew, let me catch my breath.
Maybe Roche has a Broken Spoke???The Badger
Jul 22, 2003 12:11 PM
Are you kidding me???

Have you ever had a broken collarbone? I separated my ac joint last year...there is no way I could race after my injury, I could barely move my arm. Tyler didn't have a complete break, but I'm sure the pain he experienced soon after his crash is a big deal. It's not the same pain as racing.
Yep. Legs, ribs, fingers and toes, too. Raced w/some broken. nmshirt
Jul 22, 2003 1:09 PM
I raced with a broken. . .allervite
Jul 23, 2003 10:58 AM
bottle cage once! Oh yea, and one time my computer fell off my bike during a road race, but I finished somehow. ;)