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Garmin Cervélo: Beyond the Peloton

Check out this series of videos from the Garmin Cervélo squad, charting their 2011 season with episodes for all the big one-day classics: Milan San-Remo, the Tour of Flanders, and now Paris-Roubaix.

This year’s Paris-Roubaix was a good one for the team. Although the favourite on the day would have been Thor Hushovd, the eventual winner was his teammate Johan van Summeren. Van Summeren crossed the line and proposed to his girlfriend – utter legend.

Tour of Britain 2010

Photo: Joolze Dymond

On Constitution Hill, Swansea, stage 3. Photo: Joolze Dymond

I really enjoyed watching the highlights of this year’s Tour of Britain. The 8 stages saw plenty of aggressive racing, breakaways, bunch sprints and some impressive solo victories. Having 6-man teams (as opposed to perhaps 9-10 on the Tour de France) made it harder for one team to control the race, and resulted in more dynamic racing.

The queen stage was probably stage 3 into Swansea, which culminated in a win for eventual winner Michael Albasini up the steep cobbles of Constitution Hill – although my digibox picked that precise day to malfunction, so I missed it (thanks Virgin Media). Albasini held on to the yellow jersey thanks to some dogged defending by HTC, despite his own bout of ‘dysentery’ after the Swansea stage, and the team’s being reduced to 4 men mid-way through the Tour.

I’m looking forward to a potential sprint showdown in next year’s Tour de France, between former HTC teammates Mark Cavendish and André Griepel (aka The Gorilla) [Honestly, he’s an animal – even from the aerial footage of a bunch sprint you can spot his massive lower body]. Griepel, who I’d never heard of before, won 3 stages in the Tour of Britain, but has never ridden the Tour de France. Now Griepel moves to Omega-Pharma-Lotto, where he’ll be well placed for a head-to-head against Cav next summer.