Rasmussen aiming for good time trial

Jan Ullrich has said that taking third place from Rabobank's Michael Rasmussen is now his goal in this Tour. The Dane is not about to hand over a podium slot, though, and will be looking extend his 2'49 lead in the next few days, if possible.

Even if he doesn't increase his buffer, Rasmussen is relatively confident that he can pull out a good ride. "I've never had the pressure on me for a time-trial, so I never pushed myself to ride well in them," he told Dutch TV. "Now it's different and I know I will be able to perform well on Saturday. Tomorrow, I worry about tomorrow and the day after about that day. I have almost three minutes to the fourth place; the course on Saturday suits me very well."

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