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Garmin Take Much Awaited Victory at Le Tour
4 Jul, 2011

Team Garmin-Cervelo took a much deserved victory in the decisive 23km team time trial last night in the Tour de France.  The event that can weight heavily on the overall result come Paris was a target for all of the top GC squads with the top four on the stage being separated by a mere five seconds.

The day belonged to Jonathan Vaughters Garmin team whom came to the event with a victory in sights and moving World Champion Thor Hushovd into the Yellow jersey.  Lead by world ITT Silver medalist David Millar the team was fastest through all but one of the time checks only being threatened by the crack British squad Team SKY.

Leopard Trek lead by World ITT Champion Fabian Cancellara was another to go close losing out by just four seconds but saving the day for the Schleck brothers as they took more time on race favorite Alberto Contador who was to lose 28 seconds on the day.

Australian favorite Cadel Evans showed the difference a year can make in the maturity of a team with his squad threatening to take victory finishing just four seconds off the pace and incresing his advantage overall against all of his main rivals.

Significant for Kiwi fans was the fact national hero Julian Dean was part of the winning Garmin formation and made his way to the podium for the stage winning celebrations, the TTT stage win marks the second by a New Zealander with Chris Jenner winning in 2001 as part of the leading French outfit of the day Credit Agricole. 


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