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Bad Break Ends Hamilton’s Season

– By Gordon Cameron –

Tyler Hamilton’s season has come to an abrupt end, after a training accident while preparing for the GP Eddy Merckx on Sunday. The 31 year old from Boston was warming up for the event, a two-man time trial, with CSC-Tiscali colleague Andrea Peron, when he smashed into car door which was opened in front of them.

Thankfully recovering after hospital treatment, Hamilton told Velonews: “Andrea and I were doing a lap on the course. A car passed us at a green light, slowed down and stopped, then boom!, the door opened right into the side of me. I didn’t have time to put my hands up or even slow down. The door opened into me and I had no time to react. It clipped my left leg and threw me to my right side. I went head first down on the pavement.”

“There was no time for Tyler to react, and he went straight into the door,” said CSC’s Christian Andersen, speaking on the team’s website csc-tiscali.com. “He was taken to the university hospital in Brussels. There, he was diagnosed with a fractured collar bone. But the most serious injury was a deep laceration to his forehead that caused significant blood loss. We hope that he will be able to leave the hospital for home this evening.”

Although there will be no serious long-term effects, and no permanent scarring, the crash ends Hamilton’s season. Its been a good year for Hamilton, with a brilliant second and stage win in the Giro d’ Italia in June, achieved after riding the best part of that race with a fractured shoulder.

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