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Tyler Hamilton finishes a tired 18th

Updated: August 17, 2004, 5:57 AM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- The five members of Team USA barely noticed the Parthenon as they whipped by it at almost 40 kms an hour. And as its white fašade turned a deep orange in the gaze of the setting sun, they were gathered in their tent, recovering from the men's cycling road race.

Levi Leipheimer and Jason McCartney were already dressed, early victims of the searing Athens heat that reached 93 degrees during the event and turned the lingering pollution into a suffocating haze. George Hincapie ...

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