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Tour Blog: Keep Believing

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Chris Horner is doing well. Two brain scans have shown no abnormalities. Our team doctors monitored him throughout the night. What's needed? Rest.
And that's exactly what Chris will do. Like many others who are victims of ending the Tour early, Chris already has the 2012 Tour on his mind. I'm confident he'll return more motivated than ever!  

Best news of the day - no crashes for Team RadioShack! After the past few days, it almost felt weird, but so good, not to go running out of the Nissan.

Well as I said in my first blog - the rider who will emerge as our leader will be determined by the race. That has remained true, but I certainly
didn't expect it to be determined in this fashion. With Chris and Jani not continuing due to injuries and Levi losing time on crashes and mechanicals, the team is now focused on working for Klodi. Klodi has had a good first week - riding at the front, keeping out of trouble and currently in 4th place, 10 seconds back on GC. With two past Tour de France podium finishes and a very solid year, (Stage wins at Paris-Nice, Criterium International and Giro del Trentino along with the overall at a very difficult Pais-Vasco) we will try to put Klodi in as high a GC position as possible. Of course with only 7 riders this will be a challenge as we battle healthier teams with all 9 riders. But we keep believing.

I must say - It's nice to be off the flats and get on some of the climbs. Congrats to Rui Costa on an impressive ride and stage win today. As he crossed the line, I imagine the late Xavi Tondo was on his mind. And maybe even a more impressive ride - Thor Hushovd staying with the GC contenders and keeping the Yellow Jersey for another day. Looking quite strong these days. Tomorrow will be another day of medium mountains and we'll see if the jersey changes teams. My theory would normally be yes as we will see some moves before we head into the first rest day on Monday, but that would be if strongman Thor wasn't in Yellow ...

Alright. Talk to you tomorrow. Goodnight.

JB


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