When you win, it's very nice
Yes, it was close, but we did win the team time trial today! Last year, we lost the team time trial in the Tour: we lost the stage and the yellow jersey by one single second.
So yes, T-Mobile did OK, because they did get the leader's jersey. That's not bad at all. When you lose everything on one day, it's worse.
For the team to win a team time trial like this...it's huge. You only know how big it is when you have lost before. When you don't win, you're pretty well gutted. It guts the whole team, personnel, team direction, fans, everyone. Today we won, and it was a good accomplishment, a very big boost to the morale.
It's been a good couple of days for us since we last touched base. I can assure you we weren't resting. The riders and personnel were working big time. The truck which drove down with the road bikes from the fourth stage drove all night, and arrived at 7:00am. The mechanics had the road bikes ready for riding the next day. The soigneurs came in at 3-4am the next morning. And for us travelling by plane, by the time we got into the hotel it was just after midnight. I got into bed at 1:30 am after making sure everyone and everything arrived OK.