So close on stage 1: Team Garmin-Slipstream put forth a valiant effort today in the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia, finishing a close second in the team time trial by only six seconds. As a result, the team has five riders all within six seconds of the overall lead, including team captain Christian Vande Velde.
"Today went good for us, not great but good," said Vande Velde. "Columbia did a great ride today and beat us. They have a great team of specialists, like us, and just went faster on the day. Hats off to them. I am happy to get the TTT behind me and start the Giro with great motivation!"
Farrar top-five in sprint, sixth overall – Giro 2009, stage 2
A flat finish to the first road stage of the Giro d’Italia meant the likelihood of a field sprint ? and team Garmin-Slipstream?s sprinter Tyler Farrar was there in the end to take a top five finish, putting him into sixth overall.
"The team put in a great ride for me today," said Farrar. "Danny, Cam, and Tom did a fantastic job riding the front, and Dave, Bradley, and Julien took care of me for the final. I was feeling good and picked off the intermediate sprint. But I just didn’t quite have the luck in the end. I know that the legs are good, and the team is flying so I think a stage win is definitely in the cards!"