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TDF stage 2 / team time trial - Garmin-Cervelo win (!) a close battle; Saxo lose more time for Alberto

Sunday,  07/03/11  08:34 PM

Don't you just love team time trials?  I do.  Great to watch, and a great addition to any stage race, as it truly features a team performance.  Today Garmen-Cervelo narrowly won - their first stage in the TDF! - edging BMC and Sky by 4 seconds, Leopard-Trek and HTC by 5, Radio Shack by 10, and Rabobank by 12.  Yes it was that close.  Unfortunately for Alberto Contador Saxo Bank were not close, and finished 28 seconds back.

The net leaves Thor Hushovd in yellow, with David Millar in second at the same time, and Cadel Evans third one second back.  You could see Thor keeping that yellow all week.  Early days but exciting!  Philippe Gilbert keeps his green and polka dot jerseys as there were no point awarded in either competition today.

Tomorrow is a dead flat sprint - look for an amazing Cavendish / Farrar / Petacchi battle!

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