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Tyler Tunes: No excuses

I’m sorry readers. This journal entry may be a little short tonight, as I am finding it difficult to find the energy and morale to write... but here's what I've got. In general, today was disappointing. If you are reading this you are probably interested in an explanation for my ride today, so here goes. There are no excuses, but here's a little insight into what I was contending with today. I took some anti-inflammatories before the start this morning to try an ease some pain I have been experiencing in my ribcage. If you followed the Tour de France last summer, then you know my history

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Stage 11: Benevento to Campitello Matese – 140 km

By Tyler Hamilton, CSC-Tiscali cycling team

Those last kilometers...

Those last kilometers…

Photo: Graham Watson

I’m sorry readers. This journal entry may be a little short tonight, as I am finding it difficult to find the energy and morale to write… but here’s what I’ve got. In general, today was disappointing. If you are reading this you are probably interested in an explanation for my ride today, so here goes.

There are no excuses, but here’s a little insight into what I was contending with today. I took some anti-inflammatories before the start this morning to try an ease some pain I have been experiencing in my ribcage.

If you followed the Tour de France last summer, then you know my history with these things is not great. But under the circumstances I thought it would be wise to take them today because I was feeling a little discomfort while breathing. Whenever you have a big impact crash like I had in Stage 5 you are going to feel the effects for many days afterward and in various different ways. Now that my shoulder is coming around my ribs have started to act up. It could be that I injured them but didn’t notice so much over the last few days or, that over-compensating for the shoulder has given me aches in a new area. Who knows?

I was experiencing a little pain in my stomach all day but it didn’t really become a problem until the final climb when I had to start breathing hard.

The cramping got worse and my breathing slowed. If you race, then you know the next thing to happen is lactic acid build up in your legs. In a nutshell, the last two kilometers were quite painful. Luckily, Carlos Sastre, who has been my white knight in this race so far, was there to save me and pace me through the worst of it. With his help, I was able to minimize my losses for sure. I’m going to have a hefty debt to repay to this man after this race if over.

Simoni and Casagrande were very strong today and kept a watchful eye on my every move. Every time they attacked they would look to see if they dropped me. Unfortunately the last time they attacked they got me. That was a bit of bummer because I wanted to prove to them that I’m as strong as they are. But that will have to wait until another day.

I’m doing my best to stay positive because there’s a lot more racing to be done in the stages ahead. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make up some ground.

On a positive note, our physical therapist Ole was back at work on my stomach and ribcage tonight and as a result, both are feeling much better.

After today’s stage CSC-Tiscali was selected to be quests on the Italian version of “Velo Club”. It’s basically a talk show that wraps up the day’s actions through a series of interviews with riders and directors. Today was my turn, along with Bjarne Riis. Just my luck!

Thanks for reading.


Editor’s Note:Tyler Hamilton is sending diary entries toVeloNews.com every other day throughout the 2002 Giro d’Italia. Click belowfor his earlier entries.The Prologue: Noworse for wearStage 2: Gettingon TrackStage 4: Charginginto StrasbourgStage 6: Troublecomes in threes… I hopeStage 8 Theroad to recoveryStage 9 Forza!Care to comment? Send ane-mail to our letters page.