I just read about the press conference Vino gave prior to the LBL.
"Jan often has problems with his preparation for the Tour but it's probably his last year to win and I'm sure he will be motivated," he said. "Basso has the goal of winning the Giro and the Tour, but that is his choice."
He was then asked how he differs from other riders, specifically what could give him an edge on those such as Basso and Ullrich. "Perhaps my character," he stated. "I think I am hard, a tough rider. And I have a strong mentality, I can focus 100 % for the Tour, give it everything."
"I have given myself two years - this year and next - to try to win the Tour," he continued. "It is true that young riders are coming through, but I feel good and I am very motivated for the Tour. I am going 100% for that."
What a pro.
Lean, mean, Tour-winning machine?