By Mark Zalewski
Floyd Landis (Phonak)
"I don't know how I am climbing against Danielson right now it will be hard but hopefully I can do it. I want to keep the leaders jersey but it is never easy to keep or to win. We will just have to wait and see over the next few stages."
Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel)
"I am very happy with today. In two years I hope to be winning consistently in time trials where ever I go.
"I went out pretty fast but not too fast. My weight is really good this year and I am really light. I didn't go as hard as I could over the climb because I knew I could save a little there while going just as fast as the others and save some energy. I also knew that I could limit my losses by riding hard everywhere else. I held back on the steep climb and focused my energy on the rollers instead and that worked well for me."
Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon-Lotto)
"I went out there and was mainly focusing on the later stages and not try to go too hard today. I went hard enough to make sure I did not get time cut. I am feeling pretty good but at the same time I wasn't mentally focused on the time trial to go as hard as I can go normally.
"I wouldn't say it helped me recovery by doing that. I would say that that the time trial taxed everyones legs so hopefully I saved enough or taxed myself a little less than the other riders did.
"I am going to try my best tomorrow to get over the mountains with the front group to sprint. I am the best climbing/sprinter here. I can get over the climbs better than any sprinter here. So I may be the only real sprinter in the finish tomorrow because I don't think the others can climb well enough. But, Brasstown bald is completely out of my league.
"I still have the sprint jersey and it is now important for us to keep this jersey. It is our main focus. I have tomorrow and Sunday to get a bigger lead on those points."
Jason McCartney (Discovery Channel)
"I think it is always good to have 2 or 3 in the top for general classification because it will give us more options."