De Rooij: CSC happy with secondClose
It seems that CSC have decided defence is the best form of attack, and in doing so may have waved goPICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE On the second rest day, the CSC camp had been making promises about attacking Lance Armstrong if it meant they might be able to take more than a few seconds out of the American, writes Susanne Horsdal. However, when the first notable attack on Armstrong did come during yesterday's stage to Villard-de-Lans, it was Jan Ullrich who delivered it. Initially the chase was led by US Postal's Floyd Landis, who made no inroads into Uillrich's advantage, but help soon came to Armstrong and his fellow Postals from a somewhat surprising source. After being dropped from the day's early breakaway it seemed natural from a CSC standpoint to have Jens Voigt wait for the Amstrong/Ivan Basso group. But instead of taking his place in the back of the group and leave the chasing to the American team, Voigt blended in perfectly with the chasing Postals, taking some huge turns at the front of the group effectively annulling Ullrich's offensive. To most, including Rabobank manager Theo de Rooij, that looked like a mighty defensive way of riding. "It was obvious that Armstrong and Basso weren't fighting each other. It seemed like a question of reigning and dividing. Basso is the second best rider in the race, and it seems they (CSC) are happy to settle with that," said de Rooij in an interview with Danish TV channel TV2.