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Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step) - second:
"I'm happy: I was alone at the end, as I feared. I spent the energy I had too soon, but if I hadn't done it myself, it's likely that Boogerd and Rodriguez would have made it to the finish. Anyway, I felt really good... so I'll see you at the Giro!"
Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital) - third:
"I came here with the intention to get good training in view of the Giro - I had exceptional teammates and rode a good race. The team is fundamental and I have a great team. It's okay to get third, but it would have been better if I'd won! Anyway, it's a good sign for the Giro, where there will be many riders on the same level. We will therefore see an exciting race from the beginning on - there'll be some good ones right from the start."
Patrik Sinkewitz (T-Mobile) - fourth:
"It's a little bitter to get fourth again today. After the good placings in the Basque Country, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne I would of course have liked to get on the podium. Maybe I rode in the wind a little too soon, but I felt strong and didn't want to play tactics."
Ivan Basso (Team CSC) - 10th:
"It was a good test, and the team tried to win the race in every way. Unfortunately, neither Schleck nor me were able to make the difference. The Giro? When you're able to be in the finale of a race like this one, it means that things are going well. Now I've finished racing until the Giro, so I'll see you then!"
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