Team Garmin-Cervelo Blasts to Team Time Trial Victory in Tour de France 2011
Team Garmin-Cervelo blasts to team time trial victory in Tour de France 2011; Norwegian God of Thunder Thor Hushovd takes yellow jersey and overall Tour de France lead.
try to convince the media and fans of the opposite in statements made after the team time trial finish.
Evans' BMC team finished second, fours seconds adrift, with British team Sky ending third with the same time.
A two-time Tour runner-up, Evans now leads Contador by 1:41, but the former world champion downplayed the importance of the margin after just two days of racing.
"There's a long way to Paris," Evans said. "With a guy like Alberto, he's such an all-rounder. If you want to beat him, you have to take time everywhere you can on him. In two days, it's been successful, but it's early days yet."
Evans said he wasn't surprised at all with the great result by his BMC Racing team. "We've been quietly working away, doing our homework and keeping at it," the former world road champion said. "Our first goal was not to lose any time and our second goal was to actually gain time. The fact that we were actually there, nearly in the running for the win, was really something."
Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins was very satisfied with his team's performance "We gained more time on some of the GC guys and it's been a fantastic start to this year's Tour, in complete contrast to last year. Edvald (Boasson Hagen) has shown today that he has the legs. Geraint (Thomas) you could see was hungry for it. That is the only slight tinge of disappointment that he didn't get the leader's jersey because he really deserved it."
Contador and his Saxo Bank teammates had the disadvantage to set off first in the stage and raced without any reference point to set their pace.
Many fans and riders have questioned Contador's presence after his positive test for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour. The Spaniard, who denied any wrongdoing, could be stripped of all his titles back to last July if the Court of Arbitration for Sport rules against him next month.
After receiving jeers at the official team presentation earlier this week, Contador was again booed during the team time trial.
"The past year has been difficult for me," Contador told French TV after the stage. "I would like the whole process to be over. It's very hard for me, my family and my friends. The wait for a decision is difficult, but I'm really optimistic."
Team RadioShack rode a disappointing team time trial today and the team's GC favorite Levi Leipheimer found the team time trial to be very short. "That was over fast! it is a bit of a disappointment for us, but it could have been worse I suppose. We are a team of diesels, so we started too slow unfortunately."
"I'm a little bit disappointed, but the team has given the maximum. The boys did a great job. Congrats to Thor Hushovd on his yellow jersey," Team RadioShack's Andreas Klöden commented after the stage.
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