Gerolsteiner's Berni Kohl finished 18th in Tuesday's second stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, 51 seconds down, and moving up to 17th in GC. The Austrian rider was very happy with that result, especially since the stage almost turned out very differently for him.
In one of the descents, not far from a curve, "at tempo 60, my front tire blew out. Those of you who ride will know what that usually means," he wrote on his website, bernhardkohl.at. "With a little luck and (I don't want to brag) a lot of skill, I was able to prevent a crash.
"Jens Voigt, who was riding next to me, congratulated me on my ability after the stage. He thought I was done for."