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Pereiro only thinks about the Tour

Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne)

Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) (Image credit: Sirotti)

By Jean-François Quénet in Digne-les-Bains

Caisse d'Epargne's director Eusebio Unzue didn't seem to know anything about Oscar Pereiro's attendance being doubtful for the Tour de France at the end of stage five of the Dauphiné. The runner up in last year's Tour had some trouble going up Mont Ventoux, but he finished less than two minutes behind the new race leader Andreï Kashechkin.

"Our plan for Oscar hasn't changed," Unzue said. "We want him to be at his best for the first mountain stage of the Tour de France."

Pereiro himself said, "For me, it's clear, I'm here for training. I've improved my condition a little bit. I'm well. My goal is to be at 100% for the Tour de France." He also said in interview with newspaper Le Dauphiné: "There's no reason for the organization of the Tour de France not to be happy to have me start the race. I have nothing to do with Operación Puerto."

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