Gerolsteiner's Levi Leipheimer made a solid appearance in yesterday's time trial. Finishing 14th, he lost only 1.11 on Armstrong. "He's on track," said Gerolsteiner directeur sportif Hans-Michael Holczer. "Levi is absolutely within reach of his rivals in the fight over a top placing on GC."
The American himself was also content. "I gave it all and I'm satisfied with my performance. This kind of easy parcours doesn't really suit me, so the result is okay."
Levi Leipheimer writes a diary for Cyclingnews during the whole of the Tour de France. His first entry can be found here.
Michael Rich, the German time trial champion, was less happy about his result. Rich had hoped for a better placing than 15th. "I had a good feeling on the course, but I was just too slow," he said. "It didn't surprise me that some were faster than me, but it did surprise me that it was so much time. But that's the sport. My performance was okay, but not my result."