An interview with Serguei Gonchar

36 year-old Serguei Gonchar showed today there's plenty of fight left in the old dog from the...

Honchar stands the test of time... or should that be Gonchar?

36 year-old Serguei Gonchar showed today there's plenty of fight left in the old dog from the Ukraine. But for the last time, how do you spell that surname of his? Brecht Decaluwé finds out.

Q: You have an advantage of more than a minute on Floyd Landis; can we consider you as the favourite from now on?

Serguei Gonchar: Most important now is that I have this jersey, because I waited for it for a long time. There are two stages before we get into the Pyrenees, then we will see how things are unfolding for me.

Q: What about your team?

SH: We are all 100 percent motivated for this Tour de France. It's sad for Jan Ullrich that he isn't here, but we are well prepared and we are showing that we are a very competitive team.

Q: We saw that you used an impressive gear to grab this win; how were your sensations during the time trial?

SH: It went alright in the beginning; later on, I suffered a small crisis due to the headwind but I felt that if I could overcome it, victory could be mine.

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