Gerolsteiner's Thomas Ziegler found a way to make yesterday's time trial interesting: "I wired myself up with my MP3 player. Then I started. When you're not riding for results in a time trial, it can get pretty boring. That's why I took my musical accompaniment with me today - house music, techno. Something stimulating - after all, music isn't on the doping list!"
It didn't help his concentration, though. "At the 5 km sign - I was going 60 km per hour - a banner suddenly flew on to the street. I was able to avoid it, but a motorcycle came by and got caught up in it. I had just recovered from that shock when I came in the direction of the finish. A traffic guard stood in the curve to direct the accompanying cars off the route. It was all so unclear, that, idiot that I am, I rode along with the autos. After 300 meters I realized my mistake. So I turned around ... Of course I lost a lot of time, but whether I was four minutes back or three didn't really make a lot of difference. If you're riding to win, you really ought to check out the course first..." (radsportnews.net)
T-Mobile's Bernhard Kohl had a different kind of problem on Friday. The stage itself was fine, but, "The stress began for me after I crossed the finish line. I was selected for doping control. I wasn't able to give a urine sample for three hours and didn't get to the hotel until 10 p.m." In the time trial, he also planned "to wear my I-Pod and ride the 38 km in a relaxed manner." (bernhardkohl.at)