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This is a dispiriting day for cycling

Updated: April 18, 2009, 12:23 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

It felt incongruous listening to Tyler Hamilton the past two days as he admitted guilt and in the process admitted a kind of defeat.

Hamilton was renowned for his never-say-die attitude and, despite his low-key personality, drama trailed him as noisily as a baseball card stuck into the spokes of a bike's back wheel. He finished second in the 2002 Tour of Italy with a wrecked shoulder and fourth in the 2003 Tour de France with a fractured collarbone. He fought his first doping offense ...

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