Cadel Evans was similarly mystified by the strategy in the T-Mobile camp. "The move on the penultimate climb got rid of guys from 8th to 15th on GC and it put me on the limit, but I don't really know what the intention was. Are they racing for the win, or are they racing for seventh or eighth?" he wondered.
Evans was fourteenth yesterday and is now twelfth overall. He feels he would have done better had he more experience of the race. "Yesterday I was actually a bit disappointed. It was a little bit of inexperience that lost me some time, but in your first Tour that happens occasionally. I hope it doesn't happen again, but c'est la vie."
Asked if it would suit him if another long breakaway goes, he said it didn't matter either way. "For the guys on classification it doesn't change that much. Until the last kilometre you are always thinking about the GC anyway."