July 12, 2005
Ullrich, Vino, Basso: Rider reactions on Stage 10
From the T-Mobile team website:
A battling Jan Ullrich came in with Andreas Klöden 2:15 minutes behind and appeared to be suffering from more than just the effects of the climb. Ullrich: "I felt pains in my back while breathing. That was a little handicap. Big thanks to Klödi who waited for me. The Tour is still long." Alexander Vinokourov came in 5:18 minutes behind the leaders in a disappointing performance: "It wasn´t a good day for me. I found it difficult to find my rhythm."
Related: Jan's Diary
From Yahoo! Sport:
Basso said that he was content to have lost not too much time on the Texan.
"I wasn't at my best but when I realised I couldn't go the same pace I just decided to drop back and go at my own.
"Armstrong's performance doesn't surprise me as he is really strong."
Vinokourov all but admitted that there was no stopping Armstrong.
"He can take you out anytime he wants," said the downcast Kazakh.
"I went very badly the whole day; I believe that it has been a horrible stage for the whole team and also for me, especially in the last climb. I was expecting more, but I admit that I have gone too long without taking part in an important race and [today] I felt it. There is still a lot of radcleft and I expect to be able to do better than today."
"did not feel good from the beginning of the day and at the end I was very bad. ... I do not [know] what has happened to me, because till now I felt very good. Because of that I hope that I was just having a bad day, because I felt very good [before]. Simply, my legs were not working today. I am now very far down in the general classification, but still hope to see if I can recover the form that I had before. I have suffered a very hard blow, but I will try to recover and tomorrow we will see if it was only a bad day."
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