Pereiro out for top 10

Oscar Pereiro, who placed an overall tenth last year at his first Tour de France, would like to improve on that performance this year. "All spots between nine and one are very good. It's very difficult to make your way up to the podium. It's one of my dreams and at the same time something I'm hoping for," he said. At yesterdays' time trial, he limited his losses, but nevertheless finished only 58th at 2.06 off Tabriskie.

"I had hoped for a better result," he said, "but at the same time I lost only one minute on the main favourites except Armstrong of course. The parcours wasn't my cup of tea at all: I like it when there are lots of curves. But this was just dead straight."

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