Beginning tomorrow's stage to Ax-3 Domaines in 12th place overall, Jörg Jaksche will have the total support of the Liberty team in his bid to move up the general classification. Although not a pure climber, the German has fared well in the Alps. "I feel very good at the moment, am strong and expect to be able to stay with the pace set by the favourites," he said. Jaksche plans to see how the next three days go before deciding his strategy for the remainder of the Tour de France.
Alberto Contador, third in the best young rider classification, is another aiming to ride well. Teammates Joseba Beloki and Roberto Heras head west expecting better things than in the Alps, with both reporting better form. Similarly, team sprinter Allan Davis is also on the up; he was 11th in today's bunch sprint and seems to be recovering from the injuries sustained earlier in the Tour.
Meanwhile Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano returns to training tomorrow after the hard crash which forced his withdrawal from the Tour last Sunday. The Spaniard was in severe distress after landing heavily on his back, but MRI scans taken on Wednesday showed that he had no serious injury to his back. Although he's still experiencing pain in the area, he has been told that he can make a gradual return to training. Gonzalez de Galdeano is hoping to be back racing soon.