Davitamon-Lotto's Wim Van Huffel was again in the final mix today, finishing 11th at 3'43: "It was a downhill sprint, it didn't matter if I was 11th or 15th. [Team manager] Herman Frison told me from the car that I had to try, that I had nothing to lose," he told Sporza. "He yelled out 'go' when we saw Simoni go. I tried, but I came up a bit short still. I don't feel wasted today; yesterday, it was harder for me. I had no power left, but today it went easy. We'll see what comes, we're looking at things from day to day, if we can do something, we won't hesitate.
"If I can finish top 20 in my first Giro, that wouldn't be bad. Today was good; with the hard days that are coming, a few more might drop out - maybe I will too. Top 10 isn't possible, but top 15, just maybe..."
"Christophe Brandt was better today. I didn't see him anymore on the last climb though; don't know what happened [30th at 12'03 - ed.]. I'm still fresh enough, the morale is good. The masseur said: 'Hell, your legs are feeling really good'; so that's good."