Not only the Australians, but also the Austrians made headlines in yesterday's stage: second place for Peter "Paco" Wrolich and fourth for Bernhard Eisel.
Gerolsteiner's Wrolich said, "It's a dream. Like yesterday, I was working today for my teammate Robert Förster. Then, 350 meter before the finish, I suddenly noticed a hole behind Tom Boonen. Nobody else saw it. I went in and rolled as second over the finish line. It's unbelievable!"
Two days ago FdJ's Bernhard Eisel was complaining about a lack of team support, but now things have changed. "Today they finally worked for me. It worked fine, except for Baden Cooke, the last man. Cooke got to the 500 meter mark, and then he was suddenly in my way. He simply doesn't have good form right now." He wasn't completely happy with the day, despite his fourth place finish after McEwen's relegation. "There was more in it for me. About 100 metres before the finish I was behind Paco, got squeezed from both sides and had to brake. That was the end of my chances."