"I need to do the Tour"
Coming off a broken leg, Saunier Duval-Prodir's Chris Horner has a lot to show to his team management this week in terms of fitness. With two strong placings in the two warm-up races, Horner is ready to win the stars and stripes jersey, believing that it will create a space for him on this year's Tour de France team. Cyclingnews' Mark Zalewski sat down with Horner at Breakaway Bicycles in downtown Philadelphia for a chat.
CN: How did Trenton go for you?
CH: I was more working for the sprinter, Ventoso. Guys are coming from the Giro and they are tired. I've never done the Giro so I couldn't tell you why - I could imagine why! He's just tired and doesn't have the legs at the moment. [In Trenton] I did what work I could for him but in the end he said he didn't have it so I just did my own thing and managed to get sixth out of it.
CN: Are you concerned about the increased field size for Sunday?
CH: I hope it's hot. For the team, it's key to get to the hill in a good place, to get someone in the early move. Seems like every year, first lap something gets away.
CN: How is the form coming off the injury?
CH: I had to find the form. I did the work that needed to be done, did the time and training, so I'm not surprised where it is at - I am happy where it is at and at the same time I still wanted to win [in Lancaster]. The form is good, and I hope after two races... you can't ask much, but I hope it's enough to give the acceleration and top-end speed that training just can't deliver you.
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