I don't care what this fool says....Tyler is a STUD!!!
Taken from velonews.com.............
Also in the mix is Tyler Hamilton, who is beginning to take some grief in the press for his decision to continue. Case in point, 1987 Tour winner Stephen Roche, who characterized Hamilton's effort as "ridiculous.
Here's the wire story we pulled up this morning.
Roche: Hamilton show is "bad for cycling"
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 U.S. 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."