By Shane Stokes in Bern
One year ago Janez Brajkovic finished fifth overall in the Tour de Suisse. This time round, things were not the same. He finished 44th on the seventh stage, crossing the line 8'19 behind his victorious teammate Vladimir Gusev (Discovery), and then pulled out on Saturday.
The Slovenian had told Cyclingnews about the problem affecting him before the start of stage seven. "Things are going quite badly, I have to say. It is not good. I have a back problem since my crash in the time trial. I hope I am going to be able to finish the stage but it is getting worse each day and I don't want to push too much."
That problem finally came to a head on stage eight. All going to plan, Brajkovic will recover and then ride the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China.