"I am of course very happy about my win in the Regio Tour," said T-Mobile's Andreas Klöden. "After a three-week break from racing, my return to action couldn't have gone better. And it's proof that I made the right decision to give my body a break after the Tour de France." Writing on his website, www.andreas-kloeden.com, he noted, "I was very happy to win a stage race again, and one of my favourite races, to boot."
Klöden's form got better from day to day. "The first two days it was a little difficult to find the right rhythm, but after I got over my slight injuries from a crash, I came more and more in form. I quickly noted that I still had a lot of form left over from the Tour de France," he said.
"In the third stage as well as the time trial, I was able to call on that potential and I was very pleased to win against the clock." He also thanked his teammates, who "supported me with great commitment and helped to defend the yellow jersey."
His next planned race is the Tour of Britain, "and I will also look at whether I will ride in the World's," Klöden declared.