March 12, 2005
Julich one day closer to big win
Joost Posthuma of Rabobank took a big win Saturday, riding away from an 8-rider breakaway on the Col du Tanneron and soloing the last 20 kilometers into Cannes.
American Bobby Julich rode in the peloton, protected by a strong CSC squad, and his lead was never seriously threatened.
Tomorrow may be another day, however, as the race's final stage features a 2nd-category and three 1st-category climbs before finishing in Julich's adopted hometown of Nice.
Alejandro Valverde, sitting third overall:
"You could see Julich was very strong at Mont Faron," said third-placed Valverde. "We're running out of road to make up any time. Sunday's stage presents a favorable course, but the CSC block is also very solid. I see it as difficult."
Julich sounds optimistic:
"I know every single one of the climbs tomorrow, so I am very confident," Julich said.