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Marc Sergeant: Still surprises to come

By Brecht Decaluwé in La Toussuire

At the finish line we spoke with Marc Sergeant, manager of team Davitamon-Lotto. He was waiting for the bunch with green jersey Robbie McEwen to come in. They looked like they would arrive outside the time limit (but they made it), and meanwhile we discussed the new GC and how this Tour was unfolding. Today it seems that Evans can get back on the podium again.

"Yesterday we also thought that the podium was still possible but today everything is brought back together in front of the GC," Sergeant said. "Pereiro is growing in this Tour and looks to be fresh. We should be able to bring down Dessel in the ITT. But we'll have to wait after the stage of tomorrow because we haven't seen the last surprise in this Tour de France just yet. During the stage where he took yellow for the first time, he already proved that he was very strong. Getting into that break wasn't just luck because for more than an hour, riders were trying to get into a breakaway group."

This Tour de France seems to have a completely new look. There is no longer a hero that rises above all the others. "It isn't a surprise to me that all the riders enjoy bad days. In the past, guys like Armstrong, Ullrich and Basso never had a bad day. That was also why there was such a big margin with the rest of the GC-riders. People aren't used to the new names, but I'm pretty sure they will soon enough," Marc Sergeant concluded his vision on this Tour de France.

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