Caruso loses nine minutes

Liberty Seguros' best placed rider on GC, Giampaolo Caruso, plummeted down the rankings today after finishing 167th in the time trial, almost nine minutes behind Jan Ullrich. It was a poor performance for the climber who rode so well in the first mountain stage last Sunday. It cost him 14 places on GC, moving him from ninth to 23rd.

Team director Marino Lejarreta is looking forwards though. "It is necessary to take it day by day," he said. "This is the key. It is not possible to think what will happen at the end, because from now, anyone who has a bad day, can lose everything. Caruso is good, so we will see."

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