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An interview with Oscar Pereiro

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Cycling News
Published:
July 20, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:35 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for July 20, 2006
Race:
Tour de France
Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne)

Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne)

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Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) lost the yellow jersey to Floyd Landis on L'Alpe d'Huez yesterday,...

It's not over yet

Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) lost the yellow jersey to Floyd Landis on L'Alpe d'Huez yesterday, but regained it in spectacular style by placing third in today's stage to La Toussuire after Landis cracked. Now the Spaniard has a 1'50 lead on GC, but will it be enough? Hedwig Kröner reports on the drama from La Toussuire.

Q: Did you imagine that you could get this jersey back or is that a surprise to you, as it is for us?

OP: For sure, it's a surprise, as we all thought this morning that if all went normally, Floyd would still have the jersey. But he is not immune to having a bad day, either. Somehow, I just felt in the Galibier, that it would be a good day for me. That's why I asked my teammate Xabier Zandio to ride for me, to finish where we are now.

Q: Do you now believe that you can win the Tour?

OP: I think I have a good chance - maybe not to win the Tour, but to get on the podium. There is also the possibility to win it, but in a crazy Tour like this is, we have to take things day by day. This morning, we thought that Floyd was the strongest rider, but he then had an off-day today and lost a lot of time. But we've overcome a decisive day, and if all goes well tomorrow, maybe then I can think about it.

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