The Liberty Seguros team wasn't taking any risks in yesterday's breakneck stage of Paris-Nice, contenting themselves with "crossing the line without mishaps," according to a team statement.
The last five kilometres of the shortened parcours were particularly dangerous, the team said, with a high risk of falls, "It was too much," said Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, "we were going like madmen."
Gerolsteiner directeur sportif Hans-Michael Holczer described the stage as "short, tough and extraordinarily intense." But Holczer was happy that his riders, including Davide Rebellin who was involved in the crash in stage one, kept the rubber down and didn't lose any significant time. "At least today we hardly lost anything. I asked around and nobody can remember weather like this [at Paris-Nice]."