Tour de France Cycling News for July 10, 2005
Edited by Jeff Jones
Reporting by John Trevorrow and Sabine Sunderland
Erik Breukink (Rabobank DS)
"Pieter has got a lot of talent. A young rider like him just goes for
it from the start of the Tour; different to the older riders who know
what's still waiting for them later on. But sometimes it works well, and
it did today. He was so courageous to keep going. When Klöden came I thought
more riders would bridge the gap, but that didn't happen. He kept his
cool and he made it really exciting. I think the way he rode it is pleasing
to everyone. He's a very level headed guy with an excellent attitude."
Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto, 7th at 0'27)
"Close to the limit, but comfortable enough all things considered. I
was pretty happy with how I rode. Today is my first real test. Well, not
really first, but a good test on how fast they ride in the Tour and what
the Tour is about. I was there, I could respond and follow, and when it
"This course wasn't for me and I was way outnumbered in terms of teammates
for me to do anything. So I had to wait for the sprint and do what I could
Vino was my favourite for today, or Valverde. Illes Balears were riding,
riding, riding, and I thought they would keep it together for a sprint
because Valverde is good in a group like this. As it was T-Mobile were
there in numbers and Klöden stayed away. I was a bit disappointed with
CSC, as it was their responsibility to bring them back as well.
"Tomorrow: the climbs are harder, with two really tough climbs, but
they are not near the finish. I think Courchevel is going to be my real
D-day, my real test. I am real happy, real happy it is coming together
and then it will be day by day."
Why did you sprint today? "What is Lance's book? Every second counts.
Anywhere you can get a result in the Tour is good and you know 20 seconds
here and there is something you can do with. But it is in the mountains
that I am looking to get my time."
Chris Horner (Saunier Duval, 9th at 0'27)
Chris Horner (Saunier Duval)
Photo ©: Andrea Hübner
"At first it was kind of easy but once Vinokourov and the other guys
started attacking it wasn't so easy because we were doing 40 km/h, but
I managed to get through it. Kind of crazy that at the bottom there were
a few teams with four riders and no-one wanted to chase the two leaders.
I mean let's just sacrifice two guys on the front and bring 'em back and
go for the stage win. Or just sit up and let Lance lose the maximum time.
Hey it's one or the other. You either play for the win, or one or the
Mick Rogers (Quick.Step, 19th at 0'27)
"It was a hard day and I was surprised at how fast we went up the climb.
That last climb I was full gas, like everyone else. I just didn't expect
it to be so hard. But I feel fine and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
After today I would say it will be a beauty."
Brad McGee (Francaise des Jeux, 31st at 0'27)
You looked like you pulled your foot about 200m from the finish? "No
I cramped - and I had to pull my foot out, it was hilarious. I cannot
believe...I just cannot believe that there were so many teams up
there and no one wanted to pull those guys back."
You were obviously thinking about a stage win? "Absolutely. That's exactly
how I won the stage in Tour de Suisse. I put my hand up in the hope that
I had a teammate or something but...not there. Everyone else was just
looking at each other. I just can't believe the mentality of some people.
"Anyway what can I do? In the end I cramped so maybe it wasn't meant
to be. It was so fast on the climb and I was very comfortable."
Axel Merckx (Davitamon-Lotto, 54th at 1'25, right after the
finish on Sporza TV)
"I was with that first group until 500 metres from the top, then I had
to let go; they were going too fast for me. We'll see the next days; the
Tour is still long. It's a pity I just came that 500 metres short."
Marc Sergeant (Davitamon-Lotto DS)
"The man who had to be there was there; Cadel was going really well
today and the rest of the team worked hard too. We saw a great team again
and we chased down the gap with Hushovd to give Robbie a chance to go
for the green.
"Merckx is getting better every day; he's recuperated from the hectic
days he had with the birth of his second child just before the Tour. Vansummeren
gave his best again today also. Thanks to his efforts and those of the
rest of the team it was a good day for us. It's a pity we've lost Leon
Van Bon, he was an important rider for us. Tomorrow there will be breaks
going for sure."
Luke Roberts (CSC, 109th at 8'24)
"The team decided to put the pressure on today. Jens and Nicki put the
pressure on and Discovery were under pressure. It shows that there is
a lot of racing to go yet.
"Some big names started to move today. Vino and Klöden were very aggressive
and it should be a very interesting race tomorrow. It was surprising that
some more teams did not pull on the front today. It almost looked like
there were some guys chasing for other teams."
Tom Boonen (Quick.Step, 135th at 17'51, on Sporza radio)
Tom Boonen (Quick.Step)
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
"I did some serious suffering today, just suffering! They started riding
really hard at the front when I had to let go from the peloton. When they
slowed down for a couple of kilometres, I was able to get back on. But
I was in trouble big time as soon as they accelerated and had to let go
Sitting in that group it wasn't too bad; I was riding at 130 heartbeat.
I just can't put any power on my pedals, my back is really bad. The guys
behind me said they saw there's a 'wobble' in my leg when I'm riding,
so I'm not sitting properly on the bike; it's definitely not good. My
physiotherapist will have a lot of work this evening. Well, let's hope
he has got a lot of work 'cause that means that he might be able to help
Rumsas released by the police
Raimondas Rumsas has been let out of jail in Florence, Italy. He was
arrested last month in relationship to the doping affair surrounding him
and his wife, Edita. He had been arrested to assure his presence at his
trial on drug charges this fall in France. "I have had difficult days,
but I hope that justice will prevail. Neither my wife nor I are drug dealers,"
he told Il Giornale.
He admitted to having made mistakes. "I have made mistakes in the past
and paid for them with a one year ban. Not everyone pays the same price.
I can understand, what Marco Pantani must have felt. Many of my colleagues
have made similar mistakes to mine but haven't been punished for them."
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer
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