Oliver Zaugg (Gerolsteiner) was happy to assist his team captain, Davide Rebellin finally achieve the win at Paris-Nice. In his diary on radsport-news.com the Swiss rider explained that "sure, I was nervous before the start. For Davide, the overall victory was on the line and as a helper, you want to do your job to the satisfaction of the captain." Zaugg was happy to report that he had a good day and was able to assist Rebellin until the end.
The preparation was more meticulous than is customary for a road race. "To not take chances, we all warmed up on the rollers for 20 minutes before breakfast." The Swiss rider described the stage as fairly controlled, except at the end, when all groups came together. "If Nocentini would have won the sprint, he could have passed Davide [in GC]." But the attack by Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne) helped Gerolsteiner secure the win.
The last day of a stage race is usually very hectic, with riders trying to make their planes or otherwise trying to get home as soon as possible, so "I didn't even get a chance to congratulate Davide."
Zaugg will now "be at home for a few weeks," where he'll train before tackling his next races in Spain, the GP Miguel Indurain (April 5) and the Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco (April 7-12).