September 01, 2003
Tyler Freaking Hamilton has signed a 2-year contract with Switzerland's Phonak team. Reports place the contract at up to 3 million euros.
"Unfortunately it has not been possible to match the offers Tyler has had from other teams, and surely it's a shame that we have to let him go," said Bjarne Riis on the team's website. "We have had a fantastic time together, and I'm proud to have been a part in the process of making him into the rider he is today. The success Tyler has achieve on our team has made him one of the best names in professional cycling today. At the moment we are working hard to create CSC's future team, and we will be very strong. There are more new and exiting names coming up. In short time we will present the basis for the future team".
Hamilton said that "I'm sorry to say goodbye to Team CSC, but that's part of the game. I have had a fantastic time on the team, and I will thank the whole team for their great support they have given me. They all have a big honour for the results I have achieved through the past two years at CSC."
cyclingnews.com also reports the Ivan Basso will take over Hamilton's leadership role on the team.
Hamilton moves on to Team Phonak.
- DailyPeloton.com | BREAKING NEWS!
- DailyPeloton.com | Basso and Voigt to CSC!
- AP | Hamilton leaves Danish club to join Swiss Phonak team
- CSC web site (despite the quote above, there's no mention at 1:40 Eastern of Hamilton's departure)
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