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Rider Quotes After Stage 6.

thor Cervélo Test Team: Rider Quotes after stage 6, 2010 Tour de France.

Thor Hushovd (NOR):
On final sprint: “It’s a pity to not be up there. It just didn’t work out today. I would like to be in top 5 or 8 going into the last kilometer, when I crossed the finish line, I didn’t even feel like I was sprinting. These things are sometimes confusing. I was too far off the back. The last kilometer was very technical and I lost the wheel of Lancaster.”

On battle for green jersey: “It’s getting close now. I would have liked to have scored a few more points in the final sprint, but that’s the way it is. I will have a big fight all the way to Paris, but against whom, I am not sure. You have to be consistent and pick up points every day.”

sastreCarlos Sastre (ESP): “I’m not bad. I cannot say yet if I am good, but at least I am not bad. I am not feeling any pain in my back, which is very important. I have some bruises on my ribs from my crash on the cobblestones, but I have no difficulty breathing. We’ll just see how it goes in the Alps. I haven’t planned anything special. I wasn’t able to train like I wanted to before this Tour, so I am just taking it day-by-day. We can reassess things after the Alps.”

Sport director Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED):
“The first week of the Tour has been very successful for us. We’ve done the maximum we could considering the amount of crashes and problems in the race, not just with our team, but throughout the bunch. That maybe cost us a few good results, but we won a stage. The victory with Thor on the cobblestones is one of the most historical stages. We have the green jersey, but the fight is just beginning. There are a lot of riders who look motivated for the green jersey. Carlos is looking strong. It’s important that he doesn’t lose time to the favorites this weekend in the Alps. We’re still focused on doing a good GC with Carlos.”