German teams happy with Paris-Nice prologue

Stefan Schumacher of Team Gerolsteiner finished third in Sunday's Paris-Nice prologue, five seconds behind winner Thor Hushovd. Five seconds aren't much, but they are enough. "Of course it is a little irritating, when you are only five seconds back and know that maybe you didn't take one or the other curve with full risk," Schumacher said. But he held himself back a bit on the wet streets, especially since just before he started he saw team-mate Andrea Moletta return to the bus after crashing during his run. "That makes you automatically a bit more careful," the German said.

"I am very satisfied with the results," he continued. "I simply didn't really know how good my legs already are. But they were good. I hope it goes on like this. At least this kind of result gives you self-confidence."

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