July 04, 2005
Mayo on TT results
Euskaltel-Euskadi's Iban Mayo was considered a possible overall contender coming into the Tour de France. Traditionally one of the peloton's best climbers, he hasn't won anything this year, leading observers to believe he was building his entire season around the Tour.
On Saturday, in the Stage 1 time trial, Mayo finished 3:13 back of CSC's Dave Zabriskie, in 175th (!) place. He talked to El Diario Vasco on the performance:
“People who know me well are well aware that I normally ride much better in time trials than I did on Saturday,” Mayo, who recorded his team’s worst time, told El Diario Vasco. “Some people who were watching couldn’t believe they were watching me. It’s not normal for me to only beat 15 riders. It has hit me hard, but we’ll see how I get on in the team time trial.”
I've got news for Mayo: Euskaltel-Euskadi isn't going to make up ground on any of the overall contenders in the TTT; procycling speculates that Mayo might hit the slopes 6 minutes down on the GC candidates.