July 12-14, 2005: Le Mountains

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When the first stage in the Alps began after rest day, it was hard to get used to the racing rhythm. On the final mountaintop finish to Courchevel, we went up the mountain and Discovery just drove it and drove it and they just rode everybody out of the break. I came out with about twenty guys left and I just set my own tempo and rode into the finish. That was the first real mountain stage and by the time Lance finally went, there were just four or five guys left on his wheel and shortly after that, Levi and Basso dropped off and then Valverde ended up winning the sprint. It was an unbelievably hard day on the final climb of Courchevel; I was riding a 39x25 up some of that climb and I ended up finishing 20th (3'59 behind Valverde). It's not like I had bad form that day.

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