July 6, 2005: An impressive victory

Index to all entries It was pretty nervous out there in the bunch today. There has been a bit of...

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It was pretty nervous out there in the bunch today. There has been a bit of friction going round in a few different circles, so the whole bunch seemed to be a bit skittish.

I felt good, and I was right in the mix again. I'm happy with my form in the sprints. It was a bit interesting when Lance tried to start without putting the yellow on - they were never going to let him get away with that, but I understand what he was on about. You don't want to take the yellow jersey through another person's misfortune. You want to earn it. It was a mark of respect for Dave Zabriskie.

"He was under a lot of pressure, Robbie, so it was a pretty impressive victory."

I think it will be a different story tomorrow, now that Robbie has got his stage win. We're sharing the hotel with Davitamon-Lotto tonight and we have to listen to all the celebrations. He was under a lot of pressure, Robbie, so it was a pretty impressive victory.

One of Quick.Step's companies (a mattress company) ran an ad in L'Equipe using a photo of Boonen winning stage 3. Underneath Boonen was the caption "relaxed", but underneath Robbie, with his head on its side, it was "fatigued". I think Davitamon-Lotto will run an ad along similar lines in the next day or so.

The team spirit's high. They are doing a good job for me towards the finish. Matty White was strong in the leadout - you don't normally see Matty on the front in the last kilometre.

Some of these finishes are pretty hairy. It was quite dangerous and very narrow coming in towards the finish a couple of times there. We managed to avoid a big crash with 2.5 km to go. I was happy with my position in the sprint. I seem to be improving on that aspect. Hopefully something will happen over the next few days.

I really believe tomorrow it will be a breakaway that will win. I don't think Lotto will be chasing as hard now that Robbie's won his stage. Quick.Step's gotta come in behind them and Lance is not interested in defending his jersey at all, and they'd be happy to let someone else have it...Of course, not one of his main rivals.

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