It is a good Tour to start with as it is not too demanding.
It's a lot more open without Armstrong. I really have to be careful that I have everything in hand. Basso is always getting better, Heras has to bring his Vuelta performance to the Tour, and Vino has already announced his intentions.
I'm going to try every day to reduce this 55-second split. I could go to my room, get into bed, pull the sheet over my head and cry, but I won't.
I have a lot to catch up. I've never started the season so late. It was fun to ride after so long. I didn't go all out on this very technical course.
If it's true, I would of course be disappointed. Lance is the greatest of our time and maybe somebody's trying to put him down. I don't know what it's about, so all of this is very speculative.
I am disappointed today, of course. It was actually going well until the rain. But I have a good team and we are not giving up.
Today, I had trouble because it was slippery and dangerous,
There's no point complaining. I want to put this knee trouble behind me and get on with a structured build-up to the Tour (de France).
The knee held up well and I felt like I made progress. Just finishing the course was a small victory for me.
I would prefer not to go and have to do all the preparations for Madrid, ... The thing is, if I prepare for the World's, I prepare for the road race. I have twice been World Champion in the time trial, so now the road race is my focus.
The distribution of power Jan has the absolute power in the team - like Lance Armstrong...in the years of his Tour victories.
I'm in pain but I'm confident I'll feel better tomorrow,
I have the motivation, but not the legs. I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm confident in myself.
To me there's no doubt I will be fighting for victory.
Of course I would have liked to beat him but unfortunately I couldn't. It's not really relief because the Tour's going to change. There won't be a team like his who will control the race.
It was a bad day and I knew it from the first climb in Aspin, ... I'm going to keep fighting because the Tour is not over.
In the Tour, it's important to use every opportunity to distance or eliminate adversaries and if there's a chance, I won't hesitate to attack.
I have always said that a Tour victory is more valuable if Lance Armstrong is participating. I will do everything I can to beat him in his last appearance on the Tour.
I went to hospital for x-rays this morning because I was afraid something was broken but I'm glad it's not. My legs feel very good and I know I can compete as long as my body is in shape. The fact I'm still the race means I can stand the pain.