A third place in the Paris-Nice prologue, three seconds behind Jens Voigt, was a pleasant surprise for Rabobank's Erik Dekker, who has been sick for the first part of the season. "I'm astonished with what I have achieved here," he was quoted by Algemeen Dagblad as saying. "No, I can't understand the logic. The only thing that I had resolved to do was to try to ride better. And then you come third in the first round of the ProTour. You can say a lot about it, but not that it's bad. Yet I can't see myself riding smoothly at the top soon. This was four kilometres, in very cold conditions. That distance suits me. On the other hand, the cold does not. That makes it all so uncertain, eh."