By Shane Stokes in Einsiedeln
At the press conference after Sunday's second stage of the Tour de Suisse, LPR team manager Orlando Maini said that the day's winner Daniele Contrini is "a very, very correct rider. As an example, just before he attacked today, he got on the radio to make sure no riders had stopped to go to the toilet. That's very fair."
Indeed Contrini showed further grace when referring to his former team Gerolsteiner. Although they didn't renew his contract, he stressed that he was very happy with his time in the team. He also thanked LPR for taking him on.
"I had two great years with Gerolsteiner," he stated. "I found things to be very good there and thank the team for that time. I had problems with my knees and had two operations because of that, but also did some good work for them. When I didn't have a contract I got talking to LPR and they showed enough confidence in me to offer me a place when one became available. I'm therefore very happy to pay them back in this way."
Nice guy Contrini also said that he was pleased that LPR could repay the wild card given to the team by the organisers by winning a stage.