Basso: "Patience"

Team CSC has definitely delivered on yesterday's stage one. The spectacular performance by David Zabriskie, who took the fist Yellow jersey in 2005 topping even Lance Armstrong on one of his most powerful days ever in the Tour de France, was rounded out by Jens Voigt finishing 8th, at only 1.04, and Bobby Julich on 11th place, only 1.07 behind: an excellent basis for the team time trial in Blois on Tuesday. The team's overall classification rider, Ivan Basso, ended up 20th, at 1.26 of his teammate Zabriskie, and at 1.24 of his rival Lance Armstrong.

"I couldn't hope for much more," he said after the stage. "I haven't been racing for over one month. I couldn't get into the rhythm but didn't feel too bad neither. I have to be patient. What's important is the time gap to Botero, Vinokourov or Ullrich, on which I've lost only 18 seconds. In ten days, power ratios on GC will be different."

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