Stuart O'Grady (CSC) is hoping to put his tough season behind him and has made the Tour of Denmark, which begins today, one of his main goals for the season, according to Team-CSC.com.
O'Grady crashed in the Tour and fractured a vertebra. He had a previous bad crash in Tirreno-Adriatico, which kept him out for most of the spring. So now O'Grady hopes that the Tour of Denmark will be the turning point of his season.
"I came out of the Tour de France in much better shape than I expected. In the last part of the Tour I was going really well and this Sunday in Hamburg I was up front until I had a puncture with a couple of kilometres to go," O'Grady said. "The team did an excellent job for me all day long and I believe I would've had a chance of making the podium had it not been for that puncture. But now I'm just even more determined to retaliate in the Tour of Denmark."
Sports director Dan Frost also believes O'Grady has a good chance of doing well in Denmark. "In Hamburg Stuart proved he's in great shape, he was right where he was supposed to be until the puncture. However, the Tour of Denmark is a special race, so you never know quite what to expect," said Frost. "The other teams will probably be watching us, and waiting for us to take charge, but on the other hand that gives us the opportunity to choose when and where to attack."