We were watching the wrong guy in the sprint.
I was watching John, I thought he was the strongest. The Gerolsteiner rider... I think he was playing! I just raced with him in Germany where he had the King of the Mountains for a day or two. I know it was touch-and-go and I know his teammate was working hard. We had been out there a long time.
[The race is a bitter pill for the two former teammates and friends, with Lieswyn retiring and McCartney finishing high most years but not winning.] I've been close a number of times here - to get so close and... I guess I was watching the wrong guy for the sprint, ... It was great riding with John. I wish it could have been just me and him for the sprint. I'm sorry I let the team down today - I know it's a big race for them. I'll just keep coming back next year.
I don't think anything can prepare you for the emotion of Sunday, but I generally love the place and am eager to get back.