Another problem was that Jeff, Steve, Stefano and Rosario (Cannondale people and our Sicilian distributor) were all down at the start. Seems there were some folks looking for me! No worries, there were and are plenty more chances to do work with racers, sponsors and potential sponsors.
The Liquigas boys did quite well (fourth), even with the stray dog or two on the course. Barloworld did amazingly well also, starting fast and finishing in fifth. Once I met up with Chris Fisher from Barloworld, I couldn't help but take the photo below. This year, we're competitors, but still good friends (the same for the BW riders and team staff).