Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo Bank) finished the time trial in Cholet in 28th spot, 1'43 down on the winner. Not being a specialist in the discipline, the Spaniard was pleased with the outcome. "We knew that the time trial was for power riders. A tough stage and before the start I really didn't know how I could do or how much time I could lose. The truth is I was lucky to have my boss [Bjarne Riis] behind me in the car. He helped me a lot to do this time trial. And I also was lucky to have the reference times of Cancellara and Voigt; together, we all did very good time trial rides."
Sastre was happy for the overall situation. "I finished with a result that I consider very positive. For me to lose 1'15 over Cadel Evans, who was the most important reference, or one minute over Denis Menchov [is not bad]. The truth is that I am very satisfied. Now we enter terrain that should be a little better suited for me, like the mountains. We will see how I feel climbing."