Jake’s Journal du jour: Team Garmin turns heads early in Tour


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Stages 1 and 2 013 We were sooo close to celebrating an American holiday in France when Tyler Farrar sat in perfect position in the first road stage of cycling's biggest event. Having left the kickoff site in Rotterdam and traveled into Wenatchee, Washington, native Farrar's new adopted homeland of Belgium, the stage was set for fireworks. But the always astounding uncertainties of bike racing intervened (such as a bystander's dog penetrating the peloton and causing Garmin's David Millar and others to crash). But I should start at the beginning, one day earlier at the prologue in the Netherlands. Three days of unseasonably warm weather finally gave way to summer afternoon rains, just about the time that the first Team Garmin cyclists were set to take the course. But after GC contenders Christian Vande Velde and Dave Zabriskie survived wet and winding streets, Tyler took the team lead in the opening 8.9km prologue. Holding on to his podium place through much of the afternoon, he finally gave way when the time trial specialists hit the slightly dried streets. But Team Garmin kept a place on the main stage when the veteran Millar stormed to third place and the chance to wear the green jersey for the sprint points lead, 10 years to the week since his eye-opening stage win as a 23-year-old Tour rookie.

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Stages 1 and 2 065 And that's how, in Sunday's 223.5 km stage through cycling's classic battlegrounds (while my friends and family grilled back home), we had a rare opportunity to see a Garmin road captain in the green sprinter's jersey actually drive the lead-out train for Garmin's best sprinter. However, the storyline proved too good to be true when another cyclist ran into Tyler, ending this tale a bit too soon. “His front wheel was hung up in my rear derailleur,” Farrar told VeloNews. “After that I was dragging his bike down the road. I’m lucky I didn’t crash.” Lucky for us, there's still nearly a month of racing around France, and we'll be bringing you all of the highlights, including everything I talk about on Twitter – such as my recent morning shooting Versus video with Bob Roll and the ridealong I did with Garmin's Johan van Summeren in Saturday's prologue. We're just getting started.

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