— The Garmin-Transitions
team is set to race the first grand tour of the season, the three-week Giro d’Italia
, which kicks off in Amsterdam
this Saturday, May 8. Look for the team to be where the action is from start to finish, contesting sprints, time trials and the high alpine stages on their Felt bikes
American Christian Vande Velde
will be the team’s General Classification leader. In 2008 Vande Velde broke through at the Giro, becoming the first American since Andy Hampsten in 1988 to wear the maglia rosa leader’s jersey. The 33-year-old is hoping to use this year’s Giro as a build-up to his season’s main goal, the Tour de France.
Another Garmin-Transitions rider to watch for, especially in the first week, is the team’s sprinter Tyler Farrar (pictured above).
The American came ever-so-close to winning several Giro stages last year and this year will have a stronger lead-out team including new recruit Murilo Fischer from Brazil. With several impressive wins in Belgium already this season, Farrar is in great form heading into the Giro.
And finally, watch for the team to contest the Stage 4 Team Time Trial
in Cuneo. Riding their Felt DA
TT bikes, the team won the TTT at the 2008 Giro and finished second last year. Garmin-Transitions roster, 2010 Giro d’Italia
111 David Millar (GB)
112 Christian Vandevelde (USA)
113 Tyler Farrar (USA)
114 Jack Bobridge (Aus)
115 Julian Dean (NZ)
116 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra)
117 Daniel Martin (Irl)
118 Cameron Meyer (Aus)
119 Svein Tuft (Can)