Axel Merckx: Going for stage wins
"I'm not interested in the GC. It's only the first
mountain stage anyway. I need to wait how I recover from these
efforts. (Axel finished 22nd and first Belgian) On the flats,
I recoved very well. I aim for a stage win. Today went too fast
anyway to try what so ever. I hope that I can keep this condition 'till
the end of the tour."
Nico Mattan: I fell on the descent of the Aubisque
"All of a sudden my brakes didn't have any grip on the new
carbon wheels. I was going at 60 km an hour through a curve and ended up
beside the road. If I would have slided one meter further on I was in the
ravine 300 meters below. My back is completely blocked. This is
going to be a painfull night"
Dave Bruylandts: Weak legs
"I had a rough night, got up with horrible legs and a soar
throat. On the Aubisque, I didn't push it anymore. What does it
matter if you arrive here 25th but you're dead? In a flat stage you can
easily hide in the peloton, not in the mountains. I hope that it will get
better soon and that I can show something. The Mont Ventoux will be raced
on our national holiday. That appeals to me."
Fabien De Waele: a miracle
"If I don't feel better tomorrow, then I'm afraid my tour
will be over. What I did today uphill wasn't climbing, but
crawlling. Still, I need to feel happy that I'm here. In the descent
of the Aubisque I broke my stem. To be honest, I still don't understand
how I managed to stay upright. A real miracle."
Robbie McEwen: Strong from Zabel
"Strong performance from Zabel. I was hoping that
another breakaway would form to take the points from the intermediate
sprint. But Zabel's not finished with me, you don't win the green jersey
in the mountains!"