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Fröhlinger's "legs exploded"

Gerolsteiner's Johannes Fröhlinger didn't get a good start Sunday. He and room-mate Thomas Fothen "really froze in a much too cold hotel room. I promptly woke up with a sore throat." He was still able to tackle the arguably toughest stage on Sunday, though.

On the Passo di Gaiu, "I tried to ride in the front. But I could keep up with the high speed for only one kilometre. Then my legs exploded," Fröhlinger noted on He ended up in a large group, ahead of the gruppetto, which cooperated well. "The last kilometre today to the finish on Fedaia seemed, like yesterday, never to end," the 22 year-old said. "All in all, I survived the Queen stage without major problems." Team Gerolsteiner is now down to only three riders, "but we will do all we can, that we all make it to Milano."(SW)