American team Slipstream officially renamed Team Garmin-Chipotle.
Despite being nervous and windy, today’s short 164.5 km stage delivered few surprises. The final was a fast uphill mass sprint and most of the Garmin-Chipotle crew finished in on the same time as stage winner Thor Hushovd. Young Martijn Maaskant was the highest finisher at 14th and David Millar’s finish moved him up to 7th in the overall standings.
Tour debutant Danny Pate kicked the day off in style by being the first rider to attack. Going off from the gun, he was quickly joined by a handful of others. But the break was short lived as Bouygues Telecom was having none of it.
Team Garmin-Chipotle as a group is ranked fourth in the overall team classification.
Columbia Sportswear's sponsored Team Columbia including George Hincapie had a fifth place finish day 1 with Kim Kirchen.
Two US sponsored teams in the Tour amid all the doping chaos, who would have thunk it.
George Hincapie, Team Columbia
Christian Vande Velde, Garmin-Chipotle
Will Frischkorn, Garmin-Chipotle
Danny Pate, Garmin-Chipotle
This is the least in years, with Freddie Rodriguez riding in the U.S., Bobby Julich not selected, Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer barred with Astana, Rob Smythe concentrating on time trials and David Zabriskie nursing a back injury.