In the final analysis it was Ullrich overpowering everybody in the TT to win the Tour de Suisse overall. Cadel Evans was 2nd in the TT and moved to 10th overall. Read the full Cyclingnews report here.
With just 13 days to the start of Le Tour we have Giro winner Basso cooling his heels, refreshing after last month's efforts - whilst trying to maintain something like 90% of his form, and Ullrich now resting and refreshing after a shorter but more recent winning effort. Will Basso recover enough from his 3 week effort to resume in similar form? Or has Ullrich the advantage with more recent race efforts in his legs and time to recover? Psychologically it's about 50:50, slight advantage to Basso in all but TTs. Ullrich looks able to hang tough in the mountains but Basso looks to have the form to storm the Alps. He could gain plenty of time that will leave Jan chasing in the TTs. Add in Landis and Evans plus Valverde - even Cunego - and we have a race on our hands!