Friday, April 4, 2008
After the Rock Racing team captain was prohibited from racing at the Amgen Tour of California and his team was not invited to this month’s Tour de Georgia, it would be understandable for Hamilton to be discouraged following Rock’s devastating loss of the race lead by one second in the final stage criterium of the San Dimas Stage Race on Sunday.
Not the case, Hamilton said Wednesday evening as he rode in a team car towards the Redlands Classic.
“I had a blast at San Dimas,” Hamilton said. “It was just fun pedaling out. I had a great time, especially during the road race on Saturday. It was hard as hell, those teams made it hard on us, but more than anything I was just happy to be racing. It was nice being back in the action.”
Sevilla took the leader’s jersey on the opening uphill time trial, and Rock defended the lead on an aggressive stage 2 road race that saw Rock on point from the start and resulted in three of its riders — Peter Dawson, Rahsaan Bahati and Adam Switters — riding the front until exhaustion, finishing below the time cut (5 percent of Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home rider Alejandro Borrajo’s stage-winning time.)
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