Kohl "very satisfied"

T-Mobile's Bernhard Kohl is happy to be wearing the mountains jersey in the Tour of California,...

T-Mobile's Bernhard Kohl is happy to be wearing the mountains jersey in the Tour of California, especially since he thought he would lose it on Tuesday. "Gerolsteiner controlled the field and I picked up points at the first mountain top," he wrote on his website, www.bernhardkohl.at. "After several attacks, a group of three riders achieved a lead of about 5 minutes and I saw my chances for the mountain jersey disappearing. 30 km before the Cat. 1 mountain, Discovery Channel really opened the race and with the help of my team I was in perfect position going up. I felt unbelievably good, simply stayed by Leipheimer and to my surprise we were alone. I was able to secure the points with a short sprint."

5 km before the finish line the two were swallowed up by a larger group which included eventual George Hincapie. "But I am very satisfied with my performance."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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