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July 19, 2006

Stage 16 wrap-up: Landis says “I don't expect to win this Tour”

VeloNews | Landis cracks, Pereiro back in yellow as Rasmussen rides to stage win

Landis rolls inPhonak Tour hopeful Floyd Landis finally spoke to the press Wednesday night, noting that it was “the last thing in the world I want to do right now.”

After finishing 10:04 off the pace of stage winner Michael Rasmussen, everyone wanted to know if Landis had bonked, or if his osteonecrotic hip was to blame, but Landis was more philosophical: “Today was not a good day to have a bad day. What can I say?”

Landis insists he didn't bonk, but that he just hadn't recovered from yesterday's climb to Alpe d'Huez:

“I don't think it was a problem of not eating enough. I just wasn't good from the beginning.... A lot of times I feel that way and I come around at the end. There was never a flat part for 15 minutes where I could recover. I think I would have been better off, but that's how it goes.”

Landis admitted he won't win the overall title in Paris:

“I don't expect to win this Tour anymore,” he said. “It's never easy to get back eight minutes but I'll keep fighting till the end and try.”

Handicapping the rest of the field, Landis says:

“It looks to me like [Andreas] Kloden has a very good chance and [Carlos] Sastre looked strong today, but it will be very difficult for him to get more time tomorrow. It’s not as difficult as today. Pereiro also was quite good today, so I imagine it will come down to the time trial as the time gaps are not so big.”

Pereiro says his joy in taking the yellow jersey is reduced by his regard for Landis:

“Of course I’m happy to now be in the yellow jersey, but I wanted to fight with him for that yellow jersey,” Pereiro said. “He’s really a great friend of mine and I’m really sad for what happened to him.”

Meanwhile, CSC director Bjarne Riis says they'll attack again tomorrow on the last day in the Alps. CSC's Carlos Sastre, 2nd overall just 1:50 back, thinks this Tour is “too much of a good opportunity” not to attack.

Also:

cyclingnews.com | Tables turn on La Toussuire as Landis loses yellow to Pereiro

Posted by Frank Steele on July 19, 2006 in Floyd Landis, Tour de France 2006 | Permalink

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I was hoping Floyd would try to make a comeback after today, but from his comments it appears he's already lost the mind game. :-(

Posted by: Fritz at Jul 19, 2006 7:52:14 PM