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Zabriskie plans to ride, see how he feels

7/5/2005

BLOIS, France -- Deposed race leader David Zabriskie is to continue in the Tour de France despite suffering a high-speed crash in Tuesday's team time trial.

Zabriskie hit the ground in the final 2 kilometers, hurt his knee
and needed stitches in a cut to his right arm.

CSC team media officer Brian Nygaard said: "We have just got
the results of the X-rays and nothing is broken.

"He's still got some pain in his right knee, which we'll look
at tomorrow but he will start the stage."

Zabriskie said: "I am not happy with what happened but
that's life."

The 26-year-old had worn the yellow jersey since winning
Saturday's prologue but lost the lead to six-time champion
Lance Armstrong, whose Discovery Channel team won the fourth
stage ahead of CSC.

Zabriskie, who went into the stage two seconds ahead of
Armstrong, is now ninth, 1:26 down on his compatriot.

He said: "I'm extremely disappointed because we were very,
very close to winning the stage and I was close to keeping the
yellow jersey."

Armstrong suggested the sheer physical effort needed to ride
stage could have played a part in Zabriskie's downfall.

"Team time trials are so hard that at the end of it you are
at your limit and everybody is cross-eyed," he said.

"There were a lot of turns in the final kilometers and it's
easy to make a mistake like that."