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Robbie McEwen (Davitamon)

Robbie McEwen (Davitamon) (Image credit: AFP)
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Robbie McEwen (Davitamon)

Robbie McEwen (Davitamon) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Robbie McEwen has all but secured the green jersey as the best sprinter in the race. He simply has to finish today's stage and he will don the green tunic in Paris. John Trevorrow spoke to the rapid Aussie.

John Trevorrow: That's the hard one out of the way, how do you feel you went?

Robbie McEwen: Good, you just have to keep a tempo going and make sure you come in under the time limit. You can't cruise. I was out there too long, around an hour and 16 minutes.

JT: Are you looking forward to tomorrow and what do you expect to happen?

RMcE: Just try to make it a sprint and win it. The Champs Elysees is a hard place to win. We'll just go out there and see what the tactics are and see what happens.

JT: With 200 to go following Steegmans, what's it like?

RMcE: Hard, actually. He's very fast and has a different strength to all the others so I see what happens at the time.

JT: What was the course like today?

RMcE: It's a fast course, I hardly pedalled the last five and still averaged 44kmh. I just cruised the last 10. There is one spot about the 10km to go, where the roads seems to go straight ahead but it's actually a left hander and I just got the brakes on in time.

JT: You mentioned yesterday about the Champs Elysees stage and said it made the hair stand on end?

RMcE: Yeah, I just keep thinking about it more and more. I just want to get a good night's sleep. Tomorrow's a long day, bus ride, train ride, bus ride, then the stage, so you just have to keep relaxed, enjoy the cruise into Paris turn the switch to on when we hit the Champs Elysees.

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