Andreas Klöden has a "good feeling" after finishing third in Saturday's Bayern Rundfahrt time trial. It is his first race after a training crash in March and a subsequent shoulder operation. He found the time trial "very positive. In spite of the light pain and the higher handlebar position that this necessitated, I came in in third place - one place better than last year!" he wrote on www.andreas-kloeden.com. "I will use (Sunday's) Queen stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt as an optimal preparation for the Tour de France."
Klöden is also satisfied with how the race started. "After an intensive training program in the last four weeks, I was able keep up with everything in the first three stages with no problem. I still feel a few twitches in the shoulder, but I am still getting physical therapy, even here at the race."
After the Bayern RF, he plans "a week of regeneration," to be followed by the Tour de Suisse. "And now I feel, even more so than a few weeks ago, that I will be able to present myself in good form at the Tour de France."