Post-race comments from the directors

Johan Bruyneel (Discovery channel director)

"I have asked the guys to work very hard every day to be in the breakaways, not only to win stages but also to preserve our team classification lead. The Discovery riders have ridden a very aggressive tour and their hard work has obviously paid off. The team currently has two stage wins, four riders in the top 12 overall and is leading the team classification.

"With one more climbing stage and one time trial remaining, I think we can possibly have a few guys move up a little higher on general classification. But, regardless of what happens I am very satisfied with what we have done so far. To have had Brajkovic in the yellow jersey and win two stages is fantastic. If we can maintain our lead in the team classification into Madrid, the Vuelta will have been a major success."

Kim Andersen (CSC director)

"We were in deep trouble, when Valverde escaped and Carlos was in between the two groups, but he was fantastic and fought his way back on the descent. It might've been a mistake on Valverde's behalf not to wait for Carlos, because it was pretty obvious that he still had spare energy – otherwise he wouldn't have been able to bridge that gap. Regardless it was a fantastic stage, and again we showed, that we're one of the stronger teams in this race. Tomorrow's stage will without a doubt be extremely exciting, because there's not that much time separating the riders at the top. And today just went to show that the race is far from over yet."

Joxean Matxin Fernández (Saunier Duval director)

"I believe the team still have a lot to show in this Vuelta. It would be great to have Gómez Marchante on the podium, but I think this is quite difficult. However, his performance has been great. On the other hand, we can still grab a stage victory on Saturday with Millar or on Sunday with Ventoso. If this happens, our Vuelta will have been great."

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