When Davitamon-Lotto's Christophe Brandt came in nine seconds behind stage winner Christophe Le Mevel (Credit Agricole) in yesterday's stage of the Giro, the Belgian wasn't all at content with second, banging his fist on the bars in frustration as he crossed the line.
"I'm really disappointed, because I felt at ease, I had good legs." said a clearly annoyed Brandt to Sporza after the stage. "I made a lot of efforts today. It's a real pity. I had the power to attack. First Allan [Peiper, directeur-sportif] told me I had to wait - but [Addy] Engels jumped and we had to chase, then it was too late to attack myself. I was the first to try in the last kilometres, because I wanted to see how they reacted - Vanotti did. Nobody reacted when Le Mevel went though; they let him go. I was hoping that the others would go after him, too.
"Everybody was just thinking about themselves... it surely wasn't the strongest who won today. I'm very sorry, because I really wanted to take the stage win today. Herman [Frison, directeur-sportif] told me this morning that this was a stage I could win. So I tried to stay at the front at all times. We succeeded after a few attempts to get away.
"Ah well, tomorrow is another good day to be in a break. So, I'll see if I have the same legs as today."