Wiesenhof-Akud's Austrian rider Gerhard Trampusch finished third on the Kitzbüheler Horn Wednesday. "I gave everything I had today," he said. "I was simply one minute too slow to win. I tried to ride up on my tempo. I compliment Christian Pfanneberger, and I'm happy for him. Tomorrow will be a big fight, everything is open. The heat was not the problem today - my legs just couldn't go any faster."
T-Mobile's Austrian rider, Bernhard Kohl, went into the race as the favourite for the overall win. However, he now finds himself in seventh place, over two and a half minutes down. "Sometimes it seems like you're jinxed," he wrote on his website. "When you really want something, concentrate on it and believe yourself to be perfectly prepared - then it just doesn't work out. Of course I wanted to win, that's no question." But he doesn't look for excuses: "You can search for reasons why it worked out that way today, but I can tell you: I just couldn't do it." However, he still hopes for a stage win on Thursday to thank his team, "which has worked so well for me the last few days."