Giro diary watch: Three rest days in a row?

The Gerolsteiner riders were nervous going into the team time trial. Not only did they have the leader's jersey, "We had never before ridden a team time trial with this group of riders," noted Ronny Scholz. And it didn't quite go according to plan for him. "After 2 km I rode into a pothole and my saddle slid down. It was a lot harder to ride in this position than in my usual position." (

His teammate Robert Förster says that his teammates infected him with their nervousness before the start but that he soon discovered that he was in good form. "It was a really good time trial - and I don't say that very often...but it really was fun." (

"A team time trial - that the is the discipline that everybody, except maybe Jens Voigt - wants to have behind them as quickly as possible," says Rabobank's Grischa Niermann, who was satisfied with his team's 14th position. He also shared some more of Voigt's philosophy: "According to the theories of my aforementioned colleague Jens Voigt, we actually have three rest days in a row. Yesterday the real rest day, today the team time trial - with 9 riders on a team and 35 km, that makes 4 km in the wind per rider, so that's a rest day - and tomorrow a flat-as-a-pancake sprinter stage, which is also a rest day even though it is 225 km long. That's all according to Jens Voigt, who, by the way, I greatly admire for his morale and attitude!" (

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