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January 10, 12:45,
January 10, 12:30
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, January 10, 2014
Bjarne Riis with Inigo Cuesta

Bjarne Riis with Inigo Cuesta

  • Bjarne Riis with Inigo Cuesta
  • Bjarne Riis and Alberto Contador are all smiles after the jump
  • Tyler Hamilton back in 2003. He's the only American to have won the race

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American stands by what he said in his book

Tyler Hamilton has said that he is sorry that the revelations in his book sent Bjarne Riis into a depression, but he still stands by what he says.

“It makes me extremely sad to hear. But the truth is hard sometimes, and I had to tell,” Hamilton told Danish broadcaster DR. “It's sad that I had to say this about really good people like Bjarne Riis, but as soon as I started to tell the truth, it felt so good.”

In a documentary shown by the TV channel last night (Thursday), Riis revealed that the doping scandals that have plagued him, amongst other factors, sent him into a depression last year. In Hamilton’s book ‘The Secret Race’, the American claimed that his former team boss had helped him dope and was aware of doping within the CSC team.

In 2007 Riis admitted to using EPO to take his 1996 Tour de France victory, but has always denied the allegations made in the book and in Michael Rasmussen’s recent autobiography. He continued to refuse to shed any light on them during the documentary saying, “I don't think it's relevant. You may think so, but I don't. Even if I could say a lot about other people, why would I do that?”

Hamilton himself is no stranger to doping scandals. For a long time he denied doping, despite testing positive due to a blood transfusion, in 2004. He was banned again in 2009. It wasn’t until 2011 that admitted to his doping past and then went into further detail in his book.

The American, who rode for Riis’ Team CSC from 2002 to 2003, says that he can empathise with what the Dane is going through. “If all this had not happened to me, I probably would continue along the same path as Bjarne. I was the one trapped in my own prison,” he explained. “He's got to be honest with himself and others. He needs to talk. Because secrets will eat you up inside.”

Despite their collective past, Hamilton spoke well of his former team boss. “I love the man, he is a great person. Good people get caught up in crazy things. He didn’t invent doping. He was one of those caught up in it.

“We all know that Bjarne is a special person. I have never met a person like him, and will probably never meet someone like him again.”

thelowerdepths 8 months ago
"I don't think it's relevant. You may think so, but I don't. Even if I could say a lot about other people, why would I do that? …" that sentence says it all …
1CameronMurray 8 months ago
wigvelo 8 months ago
Yep, clearly he's not depressed enough to want to return any of the money he made while doping
Butterhead 8 months ago
so you basically saying everybody in cycling during the 80s, 90s, and 2000s have to return every cent they made. Get real, your hatred to the man shines right through you.
rastymick 8 months ago
Well, people say a lot of stupid things and hating and condemning others seems to make them feel a little bit better... The probelm is, those haters don't even want to look at the facts, events, circumstances... some people got caught up. As Hamilton says: He is a good guy, he didn't invent doping, he just got caught up in the system... And yes, he did what pretty much every did back then - back then, there were only 2 options: Play by the rules of the system (in other words, accept doping) or just leave the sport. When can we finally get over what happened 10, 15, 20... years back?
wigvelo 8 months ago
Excuse me, where did I say "have to return every cent they made." ?
TheBean 8 months ago
You didn't say that, wig. Some posters make absurd assumptions about a comment such as yours, then berate others for the absurdity of the comment the wrote, themselves. They frequently use very snarky sarcasm, them punctuate their post by calling others haters. There are a lot of great posts on CN, but you have to wade through a lot of nonsense here, as well.
KatoMiler 8 months ago
Yep, I like it. So many from that era walking away with millions in ill gotten gains.
antmills 8 months ago
Yep! .... The lieing, cheating B******, thinks doping is not relevant. Say no more! ..... The guy should not be allowed to have anything to do with pro cycling. He's a stain that refuses to go away. ... And all the time he remains, he will taint ALL riders who are in his teams ..... whether or not they dope!
NashbarShorts 8 months ago
Umm, that's 3 sentences.
DAVE P 8 months ago
Too many so called journos trying to make their careers on the back of others, but then haven't they always done so?
DAVE P 8 months ago
I mean the documentary makers etc so no getiing your knickers in a twist CN.
Scott Patton 8 months ago
Could we please stick to Cycling *NEWS*? A washed up 2 time doper feeling bad is far from news... its a who cares moment.
Cance > TheRest 8 months ago
It's still interesting, cause the documentary from yesterday (I actually watched it) was more about what wasn't said than what was said. Riis refused to answer about his knowledge on doping at his team, but obviously a big part of why he was absent from the media in large periodes, can be explained by the stress he felt. However the documentary (not by purpose, I belive) heavily suggest that the stress he felt is due to the accusations - something that in the end points to the idea that Riis knew about his riders doping.
KatoMiler 8 months ago
Great point. And I wonder how much of Riis' depressed state is a manifestation of his refusal to really come clean??? I think it would do Byarne's physical and mental health a world of good if he really some serious closet cleaning…. but that's just an assumption on my part.
sir_velo 8 months ago
I think you've hit the nail on the head. Hamilton alluded to it too. He should just get it all out there and see where it takes him. I'm sure he's big enough to take the consequences, whatever they should be. Your final point about assumptions is also really valid. Too many people make them without realising - especially were all of this rumour and conjecture is concerned.
antmills 8 months ago
... I think you have hit the nail on the head. Exact right, I'm sure. ... Just as TH says.
TheBean 8 months ago
I agree, Scott. Fortunately, the racing will begin very soon.
antmills 8 months ago
... It matters, because he is still there, still lieing about his past, and all the time that continues, the cancer of doping will have no hope of being eradicated.
wirral 8 months ago
Riis has still got a few more million Euro to make before he is done with cycling. He needs to stay in the game and keep the income rolling in. Hamilton is out so he has little to lose.
rastymick 8 months ago
Riis is one of the most passionate guys in cycling, he doesn't mind to put in 70-80 hour weeks. Do you really think he is doing this for the money? The money is just, let's call it "a positive side effect" of his passion.
MonkeyFace 8 months ago
What? The guy started his own cycling team with his own money. He is running a business. Anyone who doesn't run a business to make money will not be in business for long.
antmills 8 months ago
WHATTTTTTTT?????? ...... such nonsense!
KatoMiler 8 months ago
PCM Geek 8 months ago
Let's say what this really is. This is about greed and its about cashing in on a bad situation. I'm not sticking up for anybody that may have cheated in the past because when you do the crime eventually you have to pay by doing the time and Riis is now in that position. No sympathy necessary for anybody. When a person writes a tell all book they are not "just" clearing their conscience so they can "get it all out in the open and feel better." They are taking advantage of the situation SO THEY CAN MAKE MONEY OFF IT. That's what this is all about and Hamilton has no love for Riis or anybody else except for himself and for MONEY. When you stick a knife in to a person you do not feel sorry for them, you in fact do not care anything about them. Why else would you write a book? If you want to clear your conscience then contact a reporter and let it all out or go to the authorities and tell them all about it by admitting your crimes and taking responsibility for the crimes. Hamilton got caught cheating and he was forced to admit what he did. He denied he ever doped and fought it for a long time before just giving up and admitting his guilt because the evidence was over whelming. Now he's suddenly reformed and he's an author concerned about fixing the sport. Bull... He is nothing more then a slimy, greedy lying cheat. How much did you make for writing the book Ty???
bianchi1885 8 months ago
I hope Tyler (and Floyd) feel good.
antmills 8 months ago
... Well, they will feel better thsan Riis & LA et al, BECAUSE for whastever reason ..... they have told the truth .... eventually .... and you can tell from the things that they say, that it really is the truth. The dopers' technique when making public statements is so obviously "sneaky". They really do think thr fans are as stupid as they are.
sck451 8 months ago
I understand why following professional cycling over the last 20 years may have made you cynical about people's motivations, but it's a long way from accurate.
PCM Geek 8 months ago
I'm not cynical, just realistic. Everything I said above is accurate as I see it and for a couple of reasons. First of all the general public loves reading about scandal and they will pay for it and people in the center of scandal know this fact very well. It's why publications like the Globe, The Star, People magazine and other tabloids are worth billions to their owners. Whether its a politician, some sort of celebrity like an actor, reality TV stars, sports stars and even former doped up cyclists. They all know that money can be made and that's why they write these books and are involved in movies. They are cashing in and that is pretty obvious to me. Too bad you don't see it. I wonder why that is. I guess we all have our own opinions and this is mine. Maybe when Lance Armstrong's fortune has been drained and he comes out with a tell all book, then you will see the light? Cheers...
rastymick 8 months ago
You are so right - that's all I can say. I just wonder why almost everyone is buying this "need to clear my conscience with a mega seller book..." nonsense.
Ventoux 8 months ago
Hamilton did contact reporters and let it all out. He was branded a "scumbag" by the head of the UCI at the time. He also went to the authorities, USADA, and admitted his crimes and took responsibility for those crimes. Yes, he denied for a long time before that, but then he admitted the truth. More than many others have been able to do.
philpaque 8 months ago
Poor Tugboat, may he RIP.
bianchi1885 8 months ago
Evan Shaw 8 months ago
Sick needless wrong comment
Evan Shaw 8 months ago
This is the first time I agree with Tyler. Riis has made millions as a doped TDF champion and parleyed that into manager hood. But the continuing of running a doping team first with Tyler and then others including Can't-adore is horrid serious and major crime. He should admit it and make restitution. I will like many then forgive him. His depression is actually a sign he has a conscious unlike Armstrong and Bruyneel and so many others
Gary333 8 months ago
Please! He was sad/angry he got outed! But I doubt he was depressed in a clinical sense. Sorry, I have no sympathy for the man. If he had a conscience he would have left cycling a long time ago for his deeds. Yet he continues to deny it like all the dopers of his time. He confessed once but it is certainly an incomplete confession as he continued to dope his riders like Hamilton, Basso, Julich, the Schleck's, Zabriskie, Vande Velde, O'Grady, etc, etc, etc... He has no conscience!
chiocciolis_calves 8 months ago
"Serious and major crime." Either you people are serious drama queens or you've led incredibly sheltered lives. I'm going with the former. Get a grip.
Oxygen Vector 8 months ago
What, Evan Shaw a drama queen? Who would have guessed, lol
climb4fun 8 months ago
Yeah I clicked on it to too. Cyclingnews gets their penny. I am always just too curious to know what drivel this lying scumbag is spouting. On the other note. No one, as far as I know , is forced to buy these tell all books written by who knows who. I am sure most of the purchasers are just hoping to get their own suspicions confirmed or denied so they can "win" that argument. There is abundant proof, "happiness" can not be purchased with any amount of currency or capitol. Have a great life Tyler.
climb4fun 8 months ago
indurain666 8 months ago
Of course, its easy to kick someone when he is down. In real world, Hamilton is one of the nicest guys out there. His career took a turn for the worse after he got caught, but really he wasn't doing anything others weren't doing, just trying to compete and make a living like any of the other guys. Cycling is full of hypocrisy and a lot of cycling fans are way too naive thinking only guys who get caught are cheating. I wish Hamilton the best.
PCM Geek 8 months ago
Nice guy or bad guy, whats the difference? They are all cheaters that made a choice, then they commenced to lie about it and deny it and only admitted it because they were forced to after being caught. I agree with your point that riders that weren't caught probably were or might have been cheating too but how will you ever know for certain? I wish Hamilton the best as well and I also wish he would get lost and stop dirtying up my computer screen with stories about how bad he feels and how sorry he is. The only thing he is, is a person that is trying to gain financially from a very bad situation while throwing others under the bus...