Strong ride puts O'Neill in 5th

Nathan O'Neill (Health Net Presented by Maxxis) finished fifth in the time trial stage of the Tour of California, 56 seconds behind winner Floyd Landis (Phonak). The ride also elevated him from 18th to 5th overall. "I knew it would be decisive for the overall classification," said O'Neill, who is a seven-time and current Australian national time trial champion

"I had a pretty good ride today," O'Neill continued. "Given the level of talent here, it was about where I expected to be. It would've been a bit of a surprise to do better, but a disappointment to come in farther down. I'm never satisfied with fifth place, but taking everything into consideration, it was good.

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