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José Miguel Echavarri: Pereiro won the jackpot

Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne)

Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

By Brecht Decaluwé in La Toussuire

An all-smiling José Miguel Echavarri Garcia, manager of the Caisse d'Epargne - Illes Balears team, was standing at the finish line in La Toussuire. We asked him how he experienced today's stage and asked him as well about Pereiro's chances for the overall win.

Q: Did you expect that Landis would have such a bad day?

A: No, we didn't expect it. On the other hand, we did expect that Pereiro would do well.

Q: Will Pereiro be able to keep the jersey until Paris this time?

A: We'll try, but it wont be easy.

Q: The time that Phonak allowed him to take prove to be costly now. What do you think about that?

A: Pereiro was lucky but he forced the luck to his side by being in that breakaway group.

Q: Last week Pereiro was almost 30 minutes away in the GC. Today, it looks as he might win the Tour de France. That would be a major surprise, don't you think?

A: Yes, of course but that just the way it works this year. We lack teams, we lack patrons … they give opportunities to everybody. He bought a lottery ticket and won the jackpot.

Q: It will be a some kind of miracle if it turns out that Oscar Pereiro Sio will win the Tour de France

A: IF he wins it ...

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