By Susan Westemeyer
Italian Davide Rebellin showed no sign of fatigue after his Paris-Nice victory last week, playing a major role in the finale and narrowly missing out on a podium spot by finishing fourth. "I tried everything," said the Gerolsteiner leader. "Sure I would liked to have won, but only one man can win. And I am very satisfied with my results. I feel good. My form is good."
Gerolsteiner directeur sportif Christian Henn was also satisfied with a successful showing. "Our plan worked," he said. "We made the race hard and helped to bring about the fact that an escape group made it to the end. That was a great race, with an outstanding performance by Davide, who really gave everything."
Equally satisfied was Rebellin's team-mate Andrea Moletta, who finished in 62nd place, still only 25 seconds down. Last year he didn't even make it to the end, crashing dramatically on the Poggio descent and suffering injuries that kept him out for a number of months. The memories of last year didn't haunt him this year, though. "I never had a bad feeling," he told Cyclingnews. "My back hurts a a little from my crash in Paris-Nice, but otherwise everything is ok."