So a 130 lbs. pure climber takes 11th place in a long individual time trial. Inspired by the Maillot Jaune? Sadly, I fear something more sinister. Let's examine his performance in all of his previous time trials in 2007 and 2006:
114th Stage 7 in Tour de France
85th Stage 19 in Tour de France
89th Stage 14 in Vuelta a Espana
105th Stage 5 in Tour of California
79th Stage 6 in Tour of California
So he goes from 79th as best top finish in a time trial to 11th...remarkable.
p.s. I haven't seen that kind of TT inspiration from a climber since the great Marco Pantani!