Hruska the best for Liberty

Czech time trial specialist Jan Hruska finished ninth in stage 8, 1'34 behind winner Zabriskie, and was the best of the Liberty Seguros-Würth crew. But Hruska wanted more. "The parcours was not adapted to my abilities, because it had many changes of pace on the climb," he said. "Initially I was a bit uneven, with heavy legs, but then I managed to get into it. I believe that I could have gone slightly quicker on the climb and the descent, but it was better not to risk anything than to win seconds."

Team leader Michele Scarponi didn't perform as well as he would have liked, as he took some time to get going, struggling on the climb. "I had blocked legs and there I lost more time than I expected," said Scarponi.

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