"Denis Menchov was the strongest today in the Dauphiné and could celebrate on Mount Ventoux for the second time in his career," wrote Grischa Niermann, who takes credit for his teammate's stage win, on grischa-niermann.de. "Of course, we made it very easy for him. At the foot of the final climb, I brought Denis to the head of the field so that all he had to do was raise his arms in victory." Was it really that easy? "Oh well, before that he still had to go 20 km up the mountain."
The Rabobank rider added that the win was "exactly the right answer to all the media criticism in Holland the past weeks. We won't get the leader's jersey until Saturday, I hope, that way we won't have to ride in front so much."