Team CSC's Frank Schleck was one of the six riders in the final break, but was not able to finish it off with a victory and had to be content with fifth on the stage. "I felt I was the strongest in the break, and I guess the others thought the same thing," said Schleck on the team's website, team-csc.com. "I was responsible for splitting the group on the climb, but at the same time I also ended up closing the gaps after attacks. When Le Mevel escaped, I hesitated for a moment, when the others were expecting me to close this gap also, and then it was already too late.
"Of course I'm disappointed about not winning, 'cause it's not often you're presented with an opportunity like this. But I tried and will do so again if I get the chance. Even though we're well into the third and last week, I feel totally ready for the tough stages ahead."
Team leader Ivan Basso is feeling better after his stomach problems and is still planning on trying for a good result in the mountains. "Today I felt better, and my stomach problems are almost gone," said Basso. "I managed to get a good rest on our day off yesterday, so now the question is, if I have enough strength left in my legs. I believe, I have the opportunity to make a result in the mountains, and if I don't succeed tomorrow, I still have another chance on Saturday."