In the penultimate stage of the Tour of California, all that Gerolsteiner's Sebastian "Seppel" Lang really wanted to do was attack and form a new breakaway group, but evidently the rest of the peloton didn't understand what he was planning. "Somehow I ended up alone and fought a long time against the endlessly long and wide road. Then when I had a flat tire 45 km before the finish and had to wait nearly a minute for the change, my motivation was entirely gone. So I kept on going but it was clear to me that it wouldn't be enough. Because in the meantime the sprinters teams had started working, and what can one man alone do against them?
"As a reward I got the jersey for Most Aggressive Rider. So somehow it was worth while to ride out there alone with the feeling that I wasn't getting anywhere."