Gerolsteiner were tipped as one of the teams to watch in the TTT, but, according to leader Levi Leip
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More than a little damage was done to some aspirations of a high finish in this year’s Tour de France in yesterday’s team time trial. If the likes of Iban Mayo and Bradley McGee (now 147th and 81st respectively) might be disappointed by their team’s performances, then Levi Leipheimer, of Gerolsteiner could also rue his team’s unspectacular, if satisfactory result.
The American, currently 30th, 2-31 in arrears to the maillot jaune, himself had a brief spell in a yellow jersey at the Dauphin Libr last month. This morning, however, he was subdued as he discussed his prospects for the race to come, in Chambord’s start village.
“I’d say my prospects are not great – and not bad,” Leipheimer told procycling. “We did OK in the team TT. But maybe we started a little slow. It was a fast course and I think some of us had a little too much left at the finish.
“I’d hoped to lose a little less time to Lance at this point,” Leipheimer admitted, “but it will all be played out when we get to the Alps and the Pyrenees. Maybe we will look back at these stages and think that they didn’t matter too much. I think the key stage is the one to Pla d’Adet – we will see there.”