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Bobby Julich pedaled his way to a 29th-place spot in the 2006 Tour de France’s 4.4-mile Prologue through Strasbourg on Saturday, 18 seconds behind prologue winner Thor Hushovd. Julich’s CSC teammates David Zabriskie and Stuart O’Grady finished third and sixth respectively.Rounding out CSC’s team were Christian VandeVelde in 35th place, Jens Voigt in 47th and Carlos Sastre in 58th – all of them within half a minute of Hushovd.”I’m quite satisfied with our prologue today. And I’m really proud of our riders for showing us that they are focused and ready to make it clear to everyone that we are here to be among the best. We came close to taking the jersey and right now we’re among the best in the overall standings. Tonight we have a briefing regarding our strategy, and then we’ll have to wait and see how the next few stages turn out. Today we definitely confirmed that the team is ready,” said CSC director Bjarne Riis.

“Well, it was nice to finally get the race started after all of the pre-race stress and training. I think all of us at Team CSC can’t deny that we were affected by what’s happened over the past few days with our teammate Ivan Basso,” Julich said on his espn.com diary.”But personally, since I am not a time-trial specialist like my teammate David Zabriskie and my training prepares me for working up front on the medium-to-high mountain stages, I finished where I thought I would today.”

Today’s first stage is a mostly flat 114.6-mile loop that begins and finishes in Strasbourg, with a brief dip into neighboring Germany.


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