Post-race quotes

Second placed Dutchman Karsten Kroon (Team CSC) was beaten in the sprint by Freire. "My sprint was alright," he told Sporza. "Starting the sprint early made it possible to close down Nuyens on the left side of the road. So he was already out of contention. Freire proved to be a bit stronger than me in the sprint.

"Before that, Nuyens was alone in the front. I was able to come back to him, but he was riding very fast. I couldn't help him increae our lead on the two Rabobank guys. They must have been very strong because they came back to us.

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