Hamilton wins time trial gold

Tyler Hamilton takes the gold medal and one of the best wins of his career in the Olympic time trial

Tyler Hamilton takes the gold medal and one of the best wins of his career in the Olympic time trial
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Tyler Hamilton produced another typically gutsy performance to take the Olympic time trial title this afternoon, beating defending champion Slava Ekimov into second place by 19 seconds, with Bobby Julich giving the USA a podium double by taking the bronze medal another eight seconds behind the Russian. Despite telling procycling yesterday while doing his final pre-course checks that he was still feeling the affects of his race-ending injuries from the Tour de France, Hamilton was on the medal-winning pace right from the start of his ride. The penultimate rider to start, Hamilton was four seconds down on Ekimov at the 12km check and had slipped another couple of seconds down on the Russian at the 24km halfway check, but slowly gained ground on his former US Postal team-mate from this point. At three-quarters distance Hamilton was five seconds clear of Ekimov and had improved his advantage to a comfortable 19 seconds at the line, where he punched the air with joy. This might have seemed a premature celebration with Jan Ullrich still to finish, but the German was having a nightmare, and eventually trailed in a minute and a half down, well out of contention and some distance behind team-mate Michael Rich. A fuller report of Hamilton's victory will follow soon. 1 Tyler Hamilton (USA) 48km in 57.32 (50.07kph) 2 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Russia) 0.19 3 Bobby Julich (USA) 0.27 4 Michael Rogers (Australia) 0.30 5 Michael Rich (Germany) 0.38 6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan) 1.26 7 Jan Ullrich (Germany) 1.30 8 Santiago Botero (Colombia) 1.33 9 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Spain) 1.56 10 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 2.11 11 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukraine) 2.18 12 Christophe Moreau (France) 2.19 13 Marc Wauters (Belgium) 2.28 14 Michal Hrazdira (Czech Republic) 2.35 15 Victor Hugo Pe¤a (Colombia) 2.38 16 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spain) 2.51 17 Rene Andrle (Czech Republic) 2.56 18 Eric Wohlberg (Canada) 3.00 19 Peter Van Petegem (Belgium) 3.04 20 Frank Hoj (Denmark) 3.06
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