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Andreas Klöden optimistic for Tour

By:
Antonio J. Salmerón
Published:
June 27, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:05 BST
Edition:
Latest Cycling News for June 27, 2007
Andreas Klöden

Andreas Klöden

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Andreas Klöden (Astana) goes with a positive attitude into the last week and a half before the Tour...

Andreas Klöden (Astana) goes with a positive attitude into the last week and a half before the Tour de France start in London. The optimism stems from his performance in the Tour de Suisse where the German could really test himself in the last three stages.

The Astana rider wrote on his website www.andreas-kloeden.com that "the final time trial gave me important hints on certain alignments on my time trial machine. A few more adjustments and it should be perfect."

Klöden was very happy with his second place in the final time trial behind Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (CSC). "I would have liked to win but probably spent more energy than Fabian the previous day. The first part of the time trial was great, but I lost some time in the rollers later on."

He will spend the time until the Tour with his coach Thomas Schediwie for the final preparation ahead of the season's highlight in France. He doesn't want any distraction, which is why he won't give any interviews until the start of the race in France.

Klöden had a good word to say about the Swiss organizers as well. "I want to emphasize here that the organizers reacted quickly so we weren't exposed to any unnecessary dangers."

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