What's it like to finish absolute last in a prologue? It's not much fun, noted Gerolsteiner's Ronny Scholz on his website. First he lost the weather "lottery", as the sunshine turned to rain just when he started. But Scholz felt good on the climb, and his time wasn't bad. And then, what happened? A mechanical, which required changing the whole bike and which resulted in giving him the last place in the standings, 168th and 1.01 minutes down.
"That has never happened to me before - but I think that everyone has to experience it once in their professional career." For stage one on Monday, the Gerolsteiner riders was looking forward to a sprint finish, with CSC leading the charge. "I hope that I won't be the last to roll over the finish line."
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer