11.06 17:26] Lars Bak did well in the time trial and finished just outside of top-10 after the 31-kilometer third stage of Criterium Dauphiné Libéré with start and finish in Saint Paul-En-Jarez.
"Lars continues to demonstrate great form and he emphasized that he's ready to defend his title at the Danish National Championships later this month. Of course he wanted to finish in the top-10, but like he said afterwards he couldn't have been faster, so he was satisfied with his performance," said Team CSC Saxo Bank Sports Director Scott Sunderland after the stage.
Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) won the stage and took the Leader's Jersey ahead of the mountains and the final four stages.
Wednesday's time trial was dominated by a lot of rain and for Carlos Sastre it wasn't the test he'd hoped for.
"We'd talked about it beforehand and Carlos decided to use his regular bike because it's safer than the time trial bike, when it's raining. He was very careful on the descent so it's impossible to evaluate his performance as a whole, because the rhythm wasn't the same as if it was a more important time trial in the Tour. The climbs over the next few days will give a more adequate picture," concluded Sunderland.