It's been a long time since Karsten Kroon had that winning feeling, like he did in Thursday's Queen stage of the 3-Länder Tour. "I haven't won a race in almost two and a half years, so crossing that finish line as number one today was a huge relief," said the Dutch CSC rider. "I feel my form has been good many times, but without results. But now it's finally happened and it leaves me with a really good feeling for the remainder of the season. I feel in absolute great shape right now, and I look forward to the World Championships a lot as a very important goal."
Kroon was part of a break which got away from the peloton very early. At the end, only six riders remained in the group, and Kroon was able to sprint to the win. "I was truly flying today, and I had a feeling I would turn out to be the fastest in our group, if we stayed together. We took turns attacking towards the end, so I had to close some gaps, but luckily my plan was successful."
Friday's stage is a perfectly flat 18.5 km time trial. Leader Patrik Sinkewitz of T-Mobile says, "It won't be easy to defend my lead. (Second placed) Sebastian Lang is already in good form for the World's time trial and so is surely the favourite. But I will do my best."