Nearly for Vogels

Henk Vogels missed out on his present from McEwen, but was still very happy with the team's victory. Vogels explained the final kilometres to Cyclingnews' John Trevorrow: "I got caught behind the crash with Petacchi, but we had Christophe Brandt in fifth position and I said 'just get me up the front'. We were doing about 50 km/h after the crash, Christophe took me directly to the front, and dropped me off with 2 km to go. Then I just wound it up at the front to 60km/h, and Robbie just let the gap go around the a couple of corners. I had 100m lead and I saw 1100m to go. I dropped it in the 11, stood up and went full gas. I saw the Panaria guy right up my arse but he wasn't going to catch me before the finish. I think Robbie knew the peloton was coming fast so he just had to go. Cooke and Kirsipuu were very itchy, and [Robbie] felt that if they were going to get me, then he had better win it.

"We were the ones on fire. We were the winners on the day. It shows that we are the team to be reckoned with, it's a great result.

"It shows you how it works out, because I had a lot of gas left. If I had have just been leading out, I accelerated so well I could have taken [Robbie] to 200 meters to go. It could have been my solo win or Robbie's second bunch sprint. Even though Robbie won today, I'd just like to thank my wife for getting me back on a bike, back in a grand tour and mixing it with the big boys. Because of what I've been through in the last few years, to come back and really been in the mix was enjoyable and thanks to her."

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