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Förster: "This is my day"

Susan Westemeyer
May 18, 2007, 1:00 BST,
April 22, 2009, 20:01 BST
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At the start of Thursday's Giro d'Italia stage , Gerolsteiner's Robert Förster wasn't even sure...

At the start of Thursday's Giro d'Italia stage, Gerolsteiner's Robert Förster wasn't even sure there would be a sprint finish. But when Directeur Sportif Christian Henn during the race announced that the run-in to the finish line was downhill and not as steep as reported, then he thought "that maybe it would work out with a sprint."

Förster explained, "On the last hill I felt super. Next to me I saw some wobbling, but I had no problems. And then I instantly had the feeling, 'oh yeah, this is my day.'"

Writing on, he said that teammates Sven Krauss and Thomas Fothen brought him into position. "Then on the ascent it was harakiri. Just ride brutally, don't think about it. I don't know how often I tangled with Napolitano and we bumped into each other. In the press conference the Italians wanted to make something of that, but it was nothing unusual. Sprinting is a hard business."

Going into the final sprint, "300 metres before the finish there was a right-hand curve, in which Napolitano and I tangled again. That is the last thing I really remember. It goes so quickly, you function without really thinking.

"I won't really enjoy this victory until later, after the Giro maybe. But of course it is a wonderful feeling. And not just for me. The win was important to the team. A stage win was our goal and now we have it."

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