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O'Grady pleased with race, sees Schleck as a wildcard for Tour

By Shane Stokes in Giubiasco

"We have had a great race so far," said a happy Stuart O'Grady before Wednesday's fifth stage. "We have had the lead each day and that is great for the team. Fränk is obviously in awesome form. Today the tactic is to keep the yellow jersey. I think the sprinters' teams will probably pull as it is the only stage left for them. We will get a bit of a tempo going at the start, a break is going to go and then it will be up to the sprinters' teams wether it comes back together for a win or not."

He said that Schleck's good form is not a big surprise. "We knew Fränk was going very well. I happened to be with him at the training camp in the Alps after the Bayern Rundfahrt and he was going pretty well there."

It bodes well for July. "I think we will have two cards to play in the Tour. Fränk has got fantastic form and there is no reason why he can't be up there in the Tour de France. He will be a wildcard. He has won a stage [Alpe d'Huez] in the past. I think there is a big difference between winning a stage and being on the podium, but Fränk has what it takes to be up there."

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