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The mail bag: More on Tyler and it’s a small world, after all

Dear VeloNews;What I want to know is, was Team Telekom really hurting that bad, whenthey tried for more than sixty kilometers to reel Tyler Hamilton in, orwas this just another German/American ploy to garner more publicity forTyler Hamilton's 'bogus' injury?Jerry Jensen,Ogden, Utah Quitters never win…Editors;Irony: Ivan Basso losing his sixth place on GC because he has no teammatesto chase down Tyler Hamilton.Any chance anyof the Fasso Bartollo guys who bailed were suffering HALFas much as Tyler was during that first week? Of course, Tyler toughed itout to "help his team".UnbelievableNeil

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Dear VeloNews;
What I want to know is, was Team Telekom really hurting that bad, whenthey tried for more than sixty kilometers to reel Tyler Hamilton in, orwas this just another German/American ploy to garner more publicity forTyler Hamilton’s ‘bogus’ injury?Jerry Jensen,
Ogden, Utah
 Quitters never win…
Editors;
Irony: Ivan Basso losing his sixth place on GC because he has no teammatesto chase down Tyler Hamilton.Any chance anyof the Fasso Bartollo guys who bailed were suffering HALFas much as Tyler was during that first week? Of course, Tyler toughed itout to “help his team”.
Unbelievable
Neil KopitskyHamilton’s tougher than I thought
Editors;
I think I just uncovered an error in Tyler Hamilton’s bio – he wasnot a ski racer but a hockey player! Tyler continued to play after breakingALL of his bones in a championship game and scored the winning goal! Nah,that would be too tame – let’s just leave it as a “STUD breaks his collarbone,maintains a top ten standing, attacks in the mountains, and wins a stage.”As a former football player and a downhill mountain bike racer, I hopethat I can only be a tenth as tough as Tyler!Stoked by the Tour!
Feta
Anaheim CAFaces in the crowd
Editors;
Sports Illustrated better give Tyler some INK!
Mike Franze.
Fullerton, CAWe can’t say what they will do, but we believe VeloNews will.- EditorBad timing in Denmark
Editors;
Wow, I just can’t believe this… the first stage I have been unableto follow either on TV or through live updates on the computer (while pretendingto work), and Tyler Hamilton pulls off a stunt like this.Tyler, what you have done on this tour is amazing. Only a select fewriders could do the Tour you’ve done without the injury and even fewerwith what you’ve gone through.You’ve put your name in the history books of cycling in big, bold printand I’m proud that you ride for a team from my country.Sincerely,
Lars Nielsen
Copenhagen, Denmark.Editor’s note – During our Live Coverage on Thursday, oureditors asked readers in faraway places to let us know from where theyare following the Tour, with a promise of a copy ofour 2003 Tour de France book as a prize to the web viewer in the mostout-of-the-way spot. We received a large volume – and assorted cross-section– of responses. What follows is a small sample.Thank goodness for cell phones
Editors;
On a small island called Tioman off the east coast of Malaysia dialingin through a mobile phone as the land lines won’t connect to the Internet.Strange indeed however when you are a Canadian rider (like I am) livingin Singapore (like I am) you connect to the sport you love in whateverway is possible. Send me the book, I’d love the stimulation as there isno coverage out here anything like what I get on your website.
Cheers.
BryanSurfin’ in Singapore
Editors;
Hey. I, too, am on a small island off the coast of Malaysia, knownas Singapore. There is almost no Tour coverage here. They don’t even mentionit on the news. So thank God I can read it live with VeloNews. Bythe way, I used to live in Japan. Their Tour coverage is excellent. Theywill show every bit of every stage live, and then replay it during theday. Wish I were there to watch it as it has been a great one.Thanks for the coverage.
Charles Bergere
SingaporeA Live Update Link?
Bon Jour VeloNews;
I am in charge of updating my buddies stationed with First Marine Division,Charlie surgical company in Kuwait & Iraq, who have e-mail but no internet.Keep up the great coverage!
Mike NelsonWhy is sonny so emotional?
VeloNews;
I’m at my 85 year old grandmother’s neighbor’s PC in Ramat Gan, Israel.I had to spend a lot of time yesterday explaining why I looked so shaken-upyesterday after Tyler won.Grandma isn’t accustomed to seeing her 33 year-old grandson all weepy.
Scott Gordon
Ramat Gan, IsraelPeace-keepers on-line
VeloNews;
Is Kosovo an out-of-the-way place? I am with the Pennsylvania NationalGuard deployed to Kosovo.
C. E. Stanbery
MAJ, OD, USA
MNB(E) MATO
 Watching Lance from Saddam’s bedroom
Editors;
Not to take anything away from my fellow soldiers, no matter what countrythey are from, but anyone else here in Baghdad following the TDF? I’m aUS infantryman working out of one of Saddam’s palaces, and in between tripsaround the city, I try to hop on the ‘net for a few minutes to get thelatest on Lance and company.Go Postal!
Rick
U.S. Army
Coalition Provisional Authority
Baghdad, IraqWe think we may have a winner – EditorAnd out of your left window you can see Lance Armstrong…
VeloNews;
I won’t mention who I work for, but as an airline pilot, I can tellyou a two-way pager works great at 39,000 feet.  My wife forwardsTour coverage as it unfolds and I can follow it pretty much real time.I forward it on to other pilots and have a pretty large network of followers.Thanks for great Tour coverage and don’t worry, I’m not reading duringtake-off or landing.
anon.Okay… maybe that’s our winner. –EditorMinute-men for Tyler
Hi,
I am in the birthplace of the American Revolution, Lexington, MA, ahighly politically controversial location and in the state that Tyler Hamiltoncomes from. Pretty cool, huh. I am a big Tyler supporter; he is an inspirationto us all!!!
Dale Ritter
 Lennard’s basement?
Dear VeloNews,
Can’t tell you how much I enjoy your live coverage. Thanks so much(CBS Sports TV coverage is very dumbed down and slow).I am only in “exotic” Columbus, Ohio. But I did once spend aninteresting afternoon in the basement of VeloNews technical editorLennard Zinn`s house (June 1986, Lafayette, Colorado, I think). What a
cool workshop.Go Armstrong and Hamilton!
Regards,
Jack Byrom
Columbus, OhioWe’ve seen Lennard’s basement… it counts. EditorOn the Marco Polo trail
Hi guys,
I’m following your feed from Beijing China tonight, but so far thistrip I’ve had to log on from Xian, Weihai and Rizhao. You don’t want toknow where those places are, they are out-of-the-way but not exotic. Thereare lots of bikes but they weigh about 40lb each and have one gear.
 
Tomorow its Shanghai.
 
See ya
Al Ross
Beijing, ChinaAnother peacekeeper reports in
Editors;
I suspect my location may not be the most unusual, but I’m followingthis year’s Tour on the VeloNews web site from Bosnia-Herzegovina in theCanadian Forces Camp in Zgon. I’m a Combat Engineer from Edmonton Albertaand I’ve been over here as part of Canada’s Military commitment to theNATO Stabilization Force (SFOR) since March. I miss not being able to watchthe Tour on TV, but I’m amazed at how exciting it is to follow the racein print. Your coverage has been comprehensive and entertaining!Keep up the good work!
MikeLate night viewers
Editors;
I’ve been keeping track of the Tour on velonews.com every night herein Tianjin, China
Drew Childers
General Manager
K2 ChinaHard time at Tour time
Editors;
How about Green Bay Federal Penitentiary, in Wisconsin?
William SchneiderWhoa…yeah, that counts. EditorChillin’ at the Tour
Editors;
We actually get it live on television here but a guy has to work sometimes,right?Thanks for the great coverage,
Tom Quinn
International Logistics Manager
VECO Polar Resources
Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandWatching from the blast furnace
Editors;
Okay guys, your initial request asked for the most unusual spot peopleare following your coverage from. Sitting here in Washington, D.C., I’dcertainly lay a claim to being in an unusual place.With all the blowhard politicians, the lobbyists who own them and theimmense bureaucracy that supports them, you’ve got yourself a pretty strangeand unusual mix of people and personalities.John Senger
Washington D.C.That’s just hazardous, not out-of-the-way. EditorEven proud dads have to hide now and then
Editors;
I am in my home office in Marietta, GA. My office is in the basement/dungeonof my house which is out-of-the-way enough that my triplet four-year-oldsare just a distant rumble (kind of like an approaching storm or distantartillery).
What do ya think? Do I qualify?By the way, one of the trip’s is an avid cyclist already. As I get readyfor my evening ride, she (Jillian) rides her little red trike in our garageor driveway in these furious little 15 foot diameter circles saying, “Mybike is fast. I can go faster than your bike. Can I ride with you Daddy?”Thank goodness I have the “you’re not allowed in the street” excuse– it breaks my heart every time I say, “When you get older.” She’s a hoot.
Ted Miller
Marietta, GA
 Texas is out-of-the-way, but…
Editors;
If you can’t be in France for the Tour the next best place has to behere in Austin!
Alan Domme
Austin, TXIt’s out-of-the-way for us, too
Hi
I’m following the tour via velonews.com from Kinshasa, Democratic Republicof Congo. Since I am from the U.S., it’s quite out-of-the-way for me!Keep up the great coverage
Cassius SmithMmmm… can we trade places?
Hi,
I’ve been with you every day following the tour from my desk here onthe sunny Caribbean island of Trinidad. Keep up the great work… and thanksfor making me feel as if I’m there.Looking at the highlights on TV each night is all the more enjoyablebecause of your commentary!Thanks again!
Karen JohnstoneDamn the boss, I’m watching the Tour!
Editors;
I’m stuck in my office with a chain around my ankle tied to my desk.Slave drivers! Oh wait, I’m self-employed.
Russell E. Ferguson, CPA
San Antonio, TXSwitching gears in Kentucky
Editors;
I am following the race from my office at Asbury Theological Seminaryin Central Kentucky. I am student/staff but owned a bike shop before thismid-life career change.Way to go, Tyler! Awesome in deed!
Dave DotyDistant shores
Editors;
Thanks for the live coverage
Joseph Sebastian
Pattaya Thailandand finally
Editors;
Because of problems viewing the update Tour pages from my desk (allof which have been alluded to on your web site), I have been forced totake my laptop to a basement bathroom and have been following the Touron-line from this little known crapper in our building.Name withheld for…
well would you want your name on that one?


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