July 4, 2005: An action packed day

Index to all entries Stage 3 certainly was an action packed day. Everything was going to plan until...

Index to all entries

Stage 3 certainly was an action packed day. Everything was going to plan until the final moments. Hushovd went early and I got his wheel and I went for it about 150 out. I was feeling good and then I felt Boonen coming past. I moved onto his wheel and the next thing I've got McEwen's head in my face

It was a bit over the top and dangerous. As we locked together our speed was wiped off and I reckon it cost me second place. I wouldn't have won because Boonen is sprinting superbly, and has shown us all a clean pair of heels over the past two days.

Dekker and Portal did a great job to nearly steal the stage. But I guess they were always going to get caught in the shadows of the line. I know how that feels and the closer to the line you get when you get caught, the worse you feel.

It was good to see Luke Roberts up the front defending the maillot jaune. He was rapt to get a ride in the Tour and now to be in the leading team is a bit of a fairy tale. He'll have a big job to do today in the team time trial.

I reckon the stages after the team time trial, through until the Alps, will be quite crucial for the battle for the maillot vert. There'll be a lot of breakaways and I just hope to get into a few of them.

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