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Schumacher prepares for Tour

By Shane Stokes in Nauders, Switzerland

Gerolsteiner's Stefan Schumacher will start his first Tour de France in less than three weeks time. The Amstel Gold winner is determined to have a good showing, and told Cyclingnews that the Tour de Suisse is primarily about building form.

"This will be my first Tour, so I am motivated for that," he confessed, prior to Monday's Stage 3 start. "This race is preparation for that race and as a result, I won't try to be in the front for the GC. Okay, if I fly today maybe I will try do to something overall, but we will see day by day."

As things turned out, he finished 5'21 back in 82nd place. He had seemed a little unsure of his form beforehand.

"I didn't feel really good yesterday [stage two - ed.]. I don't know why. Maybe it was an unusual kind of stage because we were riding it so slow and then there was a steep mountain. A lot of riders didn't feel good, and me also."

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