World time trial champion Michael Rogers was impressed with his teammate Jan Ullrich's winning ride in the Giro time trial yesterday. In his diary on t-mobile-team.com, Rogers wrote, "I'm deeply impressed by what Jan did today! I think he surprised a lot of people."
As for his own performance, he did not blame his dental problems on his 21st place. "My teeth didn’t bother me anymore today, the pain was gone. So that wasn’t the reason why I didn’t live up to my own expectations in the contre la montre. It just wasn’t my day."
Rogers said that he'd reconnoitred the parcours two months previously, as well as doing it again the previous day. "Either way, I couldn’t quite put my 'keep on your bike and go at full throttle' strategy into practice - guess I lacked the gas today. However, I’m happy for my team mates: Great to see Serhiy moving up into third place on the GC thanks to his fourth place in the ITT. And the fact that Jan did so well today, shows everyone he’s coming into form just at the right time. That was terrific!"