July 06, 2005
Stage 5 wrapup
McEwen dedicated his stage win to his Davitamon-Lotto team:
"My team's done a mountain of work - it's good to pay them back."
He still says he's out of the green jersey chase:
"I haven't changed my mind... I was 44 points down this morning, now I'm down to 45 because I didn't do the intermediate sprints," he said.
"It would be a miracle to make it back into contention or it would take Tom a lot of very bad luck which, of course, I don't wish on him. Now I'm here for stage wins."
Cyclingnews sources have confirmed that Armstrong had hoped to wear the maillot jaune from start to finish in his final Tour De France, but his plans were foiled by CSC's Zabriskie. Now some observers in the Tour De France press room are saying that the Tour De France is over and that Armstrong and his strongest ever supporting squad will just keep the maillot jaune until Paris. CSC's Bjarne Riis might disagree with that. Despite his teams loss in Stage 4's Team Time Trial, the phlegmatic Riis was as positive and upbeat as he usually gets when Cyclingnews spoke with him before Stage 5. "We (Team CSC) talked a lot about what happened yesterday and now we're feeling OK. Yes, it was disappointing but Ivan (Basso) is well placed."
Changing, Flecha's breakaway, and
color-coordinated Dekker from cyclingnews.com
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