July 24, 2003
cyclingnews.com has some reaction to Tyler Hamilton's win in Stage 16, including Haimar Zubeldia:
"Hamilton did a great ride and it's true that our plans were a bit disrupted," said Zubeldia, who will have to ride well on Saturday to prevent Hamilton from taking 1'20 back from him. "What's more, at the moment the attack started, Iban Mayo had a mechanical problem. The stage really didn't go as we had hoped. It's too bad, but I still have the time trial in Nantes to try for the podium."
Also, Erik Zabel disclaims any interest in the green jersey:
Erik Zabel (143 points) moved up to third in the classification after taking second in the stage yesterday. But he says he only has one thing on his mind. "Sorry, I'm not interested any more in the green jersey but the stage victory still interests me. I have accepted I'm not among the very fastest of the peloton anymore. Other guys are establishing themselves. Since the day I accepted this I feel much happier."
Sounds like he's been taking lessons from Jan "I'm just here for a stage win" Ullrich....
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For those who understand German - an interesting interview VIDEO with Erik Zabel:
Posted by: Oskar van Rijswijk at Jul 24, 2003 4:20:24 PM