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CBD Cycles - 04/07/2011
Garmin-Cervélo made history Sunday with its first-ever Tour de France stage win with a picture-perfect victory in the team time trial. World champion Thor Hushovd was first across the line and claimed the yellow jersey.

Garmin-Cervélo was the ninth team of 22 squads on the rolling, windy course across the Vendée in the 23km second stage starting and finishing in Les Essarts. The squad paced itself well, setting a steady rhythm in the first half of the course and then hitting the after-burners late to post the fastest time of 24:48.

It was a nervous wait as the top challengers starting late come within seconds of besting the time, but Garmin-Cervélo's time was just fast enough to fend off a late rally from BMC, which crossed the line 4.47 seconds slower.

"It's a great joy to wear this yellow jersey. And it's especially nice to win it with a team time trial, because when you win a stage, you count on your teammates, but only one goes to the podium. Today, we won as a team and we celebrate as a team," Hushovd said.

"This is special because it's the first victory for the team in the Tour, so it's nice that it's the team time trial. We are a very united team and we all sacrificed to win today."

That meant Hushovd claims yellow by one second and Garmin-Cervélo wins its first Tour stage in an historic double for the American-registered team. Sport director Jonathan Vaughters said the victory is a culmination of many years of work, both behind the scenes and in the race.

"I am very proud of these riders, of what they went through, to be able to support that in a way that allows them to win. I am very happy and very proud of everyone. Everyone on this team work harder than I've seen on a cycling team," Vaughters said.

"To see everyone come together as a team is just unreal for our team to win our first Tour de France stage in this manner."

David Millar, who slots into second overall with the same time as Hushovd, knew that the team was riding well early in the race when the team was carrying speed and keeping to its strategy.

"In a team time trial, you give everything you have. When you come across the line and you know you didn't make any mistakes, you know you couldn't have gone any faster," Millar said.

"I was cross-eyed at the finish line, so that's a good sign we gave everything. It was tremendous to win this stage for us. We've worked so hard to reach this point as a team, as an organization. It means the world for us."

For the team's GC riders, Sunday's strong ride was a chance to forget some of the bad luck in Saturday's opening stage when Christian Vande Velde and Ryder Hesjedal both lost nearly two minutes when they were caught up behind a crash with less than 10km to go.

The sweet taste of victory clears the slate as the team looks forward to the next challenges of the three-week Tour.

"The motivation is still there to do well. We have the strongest team ever for the Tour de France, so we want to have fun, enjoy racing and get some results," Hesjedal said. "I was a little upset yesterday, because that wasn't in the plans, but we have to put that behind us. We're here to race hard and that's what we did today."

For Monday's third stage, the team will rally behind sprinter ace Tyler Farrar.

"Tomorrow, we will work for Tyler," Hushovd said. "We have agreed to split up the stages and I had my chance (Saturday). Tomorrow is for Tyler. We hope to win."

To Celebrate this fantastic TEAM victory we will give away a free Garmin Edge 800 or 310 XT with every Cervelo Time Trial bike sold this week from CBD Cycles. Offer ends Saturday 9th July 2011.

See you in store soon.
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