Stage 1 Eneco Tour: Every Ounce of My Energy for Tyler and Wiggins

Filed under: On the Road Again — admin @ 5:24 pm

August 19, 2009
Written by Steven Cozza

Today was another great day for Team Garmin. Since Tyler Farrar was 2nd on general classification after the prologue and we new he could take the overall leaders jersey with a stage win, we rode with every ounce of our energy for him.

Today was a flat, fast 185 kilometer day, twisting and turning through the Flemish country-side here in Belgium. The weather was unusually hot today, reaching highs of 31 degrees Celcius. A break of 5 got away after 20 kilometers, so we put our two Dutch strongmen, Huub and Tricky Ricky, in the front rotation with the two Quick Step riders. My job was to stick with Tyler all day and keep him out of the wind and moving him up through the peloton when necessary.

With 4 kilometers to go, we had the plan of riding the front as a team, but with the first stage taking place in Belgium and Tyler’s dominance in sprinting still not fully established, it was a bit too crazy to ride the front. It seemed as though the whole peloton needed to be in the top 10 spots. So we scraped for position as best as we could and CJ took him with 2 kilometers to go.

Tyler won the stage, beating Tom Boonen in 2nd by a whole bike length. Now that we have the leader’s jersey and Tyler is by far the best sprinter in the race, we will ride the front all day tomorrow to defend it the best we can. The other teams will respect us more and the job to stay at the front should be easier.

We are in a great position at this race because we have Tyler for the sprints and Wiggo (Bradley Wiggins) for the overall classification. I truly believe we can acheive both these challenges.

Off to our hotels for a Flemish smorgasbord. :)
Thanks for reading,

Steven

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) sprints to victory unaffected by the crash in the closing metres.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) sprints to victory unaffected by the crash in the closing metres.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) sprints to victory unaffected by the crash in the closing metres.

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