Team CSC's Bobby Julich took the overall victory in Criterium International after winning the decisive time trial, dominated by his team CSC, with teammates Jens Voigt and Kurt-Asle Arvesen placing second and third. "It was as if my legs did all the work by themselves in the time trial," Julich said. "I could feel it was my day, even though the course was quite difficult due to the rain," he added, feeling very happy for his recent successes.
"It's as if I'm riding a wave after Paris-Nice, and I really feel I have the opportunity to make up for the years, when nothing was going right for me. This proves, you have to stay focused. Bjarne has given me confidence, and also I'm part of a team, which is like one big family. I couldn't ask for anything more," he explained.
Team manager Bjarne Riis was also very satisfied with the achievements of his riders, which proved his training methods right. "Just like Paris-Nice, the Critérium International has been a big goal for us, and today was a fantastic culmination," Riis said after Julich's win in Northern France. "This morning the team worked perfectly together, and then Bobby put the icing on the cake with a super time trial. I'm very happy on his behalf and also very proud of the team being so outstanding in the time trial. It comes as no surprise to me, and it promises well for the oncoming tasks," he added.