If Olaf Pollack was "overjoyed" to have won the sixth stage of the Tour of California, the T-Mobile rider nearly found himself unable to describe the feeling of winning yet another one - the seventh and final stage. "I can hardly find words to describe the feeling," Pollack said after the race. "The victory was undescribable, the teamwork perfect and then the emotions were crazy!"
The last day of the inaugural Tour of California took place on a 13-km circuit in Redondo Beach, which also involved a small hill. "The profile of the last stage wasn't as flat as they said it would be," Pollack observed. "The little hill got harder and harder for me on every lap, so that just makes me all the happier to have won!"
The 32 year-old, who joined T-Mobile in 2005 after having spent five seasons with the Gerolsteiner squad, finally overcame the physical restraints of an ongoing knee problem this past year, and the mental blow this had caused him. Now, the German sprinter does not take anything for granted. "I had to wait nearly 20 months for another success and now I get two stage wins within 24 hours. Crazy!"
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer