July 05, 2005
Zabriskie's injuries unknown; Popovych in white jersey
Z fell hard on his left side
"To lose like that is like a punch in the guts," said Julich. "It's just fate-the yellow jersey can put pressure on you. I don't know exactly what happened, but it was just one of those things.
"David's incredibly disappointed. He feels responsible for losing the jersey, but I've told him not to worry and that everything he's done up until now has been brilliant."
CSC manager Bjarne Riis said Zabriskie is "in a lot of pain, but I don't know how bad he's hurt. We'll see that later."
Lance Armstrong echoed Tom Boonen's claim that Boonen might be able to win a bucketful of stages this year, and that Quick Step might therefore help Discovery control the race pace until the peloton hits the mountains:
"We know Tom Boonen - and I think he can win six or seven stages in the race - that would be good for us. He could give us a help there."
Discovery dedicated the win to Viatcheslav Ekimov, one of the team's strongest time trialers, who was scratched from the team's plan after a bad training crash in April.
Armstrong said the team rode in the same order as last year, with Popovych taking Ekimov's place, and Paolo Savoldelli replacing Floyd Landis. For his efforts, Popovych bumps Fabian Cancellara out of the white jersey for best rider under 25.
Armstrong was more forthcoming, suggesting that, with Discovery Channel now occupying four of the top six places on GC courtesy of Hincapie, José Luis Rubiera and Popovych, the yellow jersey might leave his shoulders but not his team’s custody over the coming days.
That means the team may let Hincapie take a flyer one day, so he would have a shot at spending the day in yellow after all these years shepherding the yellow jersey.
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Tracked on Jul 5, 2005 4:20:39 PM
Tracked on Jul 5, 2005 5:45:10 PM
I just saw the replay--tuned in just in time to see Zabriskie go down. Geez...I feel so bad for him.
Posted by: Jeremy at Jul 5, 2005 4:12:20 PM