Levi Leipheimer diary: Everything catches up with you

Floyd was super fast today, although it was pretty unexpected - what Zabriskie and Bobby Julich did...

Floyd was super fast today, although it was pretty unexpected - what Zabriskie and Bobby Julich did was to be expected, but it was a big day for Floyd. I didn't feel that great today and when I woke up I could feel I wasn't having my best day - I just didn't have any spark at all. Even after my warmup I just felt like I couldn't get going; and that, combined with the fact that the course at the end was very flat with a headwind made it very hard for me to match the bigger guys.

I gave it everything I had considering how I was feeling - I went 100 per cent and didn't back off at all, but it wasn't my best day and definitely not what I could do under normal circumstances. But on the other hand, I think in all fairness I couldn't have been as fast as Floyd today. I spoke to him at dinner, but there wasn't much to say other than congratulations on how fast he went...you know how it is. Of course I'm disappointed, and I don't think it was a matter of me making a mistake anywhere.

I guess the other day in Santa Rosa was so big for me; I was emotional, and I had a lot of things in my head so when I tried to sleep that night my head was racing - I couldn't really sleep. I think that caught up with me today - something that could happen to any of us! All it has to do is knock you off by a percent or two, and that's what happens...I was 30 seconds slower than what I should've been.

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