David Millar (Saunier Duval)
Saunier Duval rider David Millar is two weeks into the Tour, and gave some feedback as to how it has been going. "I am just pleased to be here," he stated. "I'm a bit tired after yesterday. It's the hardest race in the world. I happy just to be there and not getting my head kicked into much. It's all a bit new to me at the moment. It's actually a bit of a strange one, not having that Armstrong effect. I think it's a pretty good race, though, bit like the old school."
When asked what his hopes were for the final week, Millar has some set goals. "I would like to get in a couple of breaks. Try to see it out. Get through the Alps and then hopefully do a bit better in the time trial," he said. "There's still more for me with the Tour of Spain and everything. This is the hardest training country in the world."
Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto)
Prior to the start, Evans was asked what he was expecting from the stage. "I think it's going to be pretty hard," he answered. "There are a lot of people here who haven't won a stage yet. There will be plenty trying to get into breaks and get a stage win. Yeah, it's going to be solid. I just want to keep out of trouble, that's the number one thing. Then we'll see what happens at the end of the day."
"I am trying to get through and survive - the same as yesterday, I think. Someone could go away and take 15 or 20 minutes."
It was then suggested to him that it has been a bit of a different Tour this year. He agreed: "Yeah, the last seven years has been all Discovery. There has been a fair difference."
Simon Gerrans (AG2R)
Q: What do you reckon for today?
A: Well, what do you reckon?
Q: A break will go and Simon Gerrans will be in it.
A: Well…I agree a break will go, but I'm not too sure I'll be in it, though.
Robbie McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto)
Points leader Robbie McEwen was asked what he expected from Sunday's stage. "I reckon another break, at least I hope so," he answered. "It will be a hard day today. There may not be any big mountains but there is no flat, it's up and down all day."