Today it was Team Trial Time and for Euskaltel this is one of the biggest fears. And once again it was a big disappointment for the riders, they became 19th out of the 23 teams, maybe two small positive points : They got there best result in a team time trial this year after some 22th and 21th places and only Anton Luengo couldn't follow the pace so they stayed quite together as a team. I really think they should practice more on the trials because you can get better results just by some small changes and more practice.
For the victory it would go between team time trial specialists CSC and Discovery Channel and also the German teams Gerolsteiner and T-Mobile because they would want to show of in front of their home crowd.
The first strong time was set by Discovery Channel with 52.05.99 but when CSC reached the first checkpoint they already had 5 seconds of advantage and they only made it bigger, ending with a time of 51.40 and the stage victory, as expected with riders like Cancellara, Voigt and Julich in the team. Gerolsteiner became third and T-Mobile fifth due some material problems for Ciolek.
1. Team CSC 51.40.00
2. Discovery Channel +0:25
3. Gerolsteiner +0:55
19. Euskaltel +2.53
1 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 5.15.55
2 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Team CSC +0.01
3 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC ST
121. Aitor Galdos +2.53
122. Koldo Fernandez +2.53
123. Alan Perez +2.53
126. Juan Jose Oroz +2.53
129. Dionisio Galparsoro +2.53
131. Unai Uribarri +2.53
136. Jon Bru +2.54
161. Anton Luengo +4.17