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Garmin Sharps Navardauskas Takes Impressive Stage Win
26 Jul, 2014
Romain Navardauskas became the first Lithuanian to take a Tour de France stage win when he ripped into Bergerac five seconds clear of a charging peloton hungry for a sprint win.  The Garmin Sharp professional built the foundation of his victory off his team mate Tom Jelte Slagter who had been away in a stage long break away and was the sole survivor with 10 km remaining.  Seeing his Dutch team mate tiring Navardauskas powered up to him on the only climb of the day a category four and with fresh legs quickly built up a 25 second lead on the fast and slick downhill.  Riding the Cervelo brand known for aerodynamics Navardaus needed every advantage possible, coupled with his Castelli Sanremo Aero race suit there was not an ounce of jersey flap, this was a brilliant opportunity to put the marginal gains from these two technical suppliers to the fore. 
With the sprinters teams assembled at the front chasing with all they were worth they were still not able to make an impression into the gap.  With 3km remaining chaos reigned supreme as Peter Sagan took a tumble with 20 others giving Navadauskas the respite he needed before the sprinters powered up to 70 kph.
Navadauskas a late inclusion into the Tour squad for Garmin Sharp will likely take home the teams only highlight of the 2014 event which has been marred with disappointment with the abandon of team leader Andrew Talansky and the gut wrenching capture of Jack Bauer just 20 metres from the line after a 222km breakaway.

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