Since forming his Garmin Cervelo team, Johnathan Vaughters has dreamed of winning the Tour de France team time trial and today the dream became reality. The high octane squad stormed to victory led by strong man, Thor Hushovd who is now in yellow as the Tour’s overall leader.
BMC surprised many taking second today, however, BMC is stacked with time trial talent led by Cadel Evans, George Hincapie, Brent Bookwalter, and Marcus Burghardt. Evans is in third place overall well positioned for yellow once the race hits the mountains. Evans is just a few seconds in front of fellow GC favorite Andy Schleck. If Cadel can limit his losses in the mountains he can certainly be expected to make up a minute or so on Schleck who appears to have regressed in the race of truth.
Schleck’s Leopard Trek came in a respectable fourth but if he and brother Frank had any TT skills at all, they would have won today’s competition and be in yellow. As it stands now, Andy better be able to take serious time out of his rivals in the high mountains or he’s riding for a podium position rather than victory.
More disappointing is Alberto Contador’s Saxo Bank Squad. They finished some 28 seconds behind which means they lost more than a second per kilometer in today’s short 23 km stage. The overall race favorite finds himself in 75th position after two days of racing almost two minutes behind.