Gert Steegmans (Davitamon Lotto) also gave a radio interview before the start of stage 13. He said that he is under pressure. "At this moment I'm not feeling super; I've got problems breathing," he stated. "The lungs are a bit infected. Yesterday I thought a few times of quitting the race as I didn't feel comfortable all day. I felt worthless not being able to do anything for the team, and especially when the pace was so high. During the race I tried to motivate myself to keep going. We'll see how it goes today."