Switzerland — With David Millar sitting fourth overall at the Critérium Du Dauphiné heading into the final two days of the eight-day stage race in France, the other half of the Garmin-Transitions squad is also poised to start another ProTour event, the June 12-20 Tour de Suisse.
Like Dauphiné, the Tour de Suisse is considered an important tune-up for the Tour de France in July. The team’s GC contender, American Christian Vande Velde (pictured), will race the nine-day stage race in Switzerland, along with Tour of California and Vuelta a España stage winner Ryder Hesjedal; four-time U.S. Time Trial Champion David Zabriskie and five other teammates.
Vande Velde is hoping to ratchet up his Tour de France form; he fractured his collarbone in a crash at last month’s Giro d’Italia and is aiming for a strong comeback in Switzerland.
Many of the top contenders for the Tour de France, including American Lance Armstrong, the Schleck brothers and Tour of California winner Michael Rogers, will be eying each other in Switzerland. The race kicks off with a June 12 time trial, where the Garmin-Transitions riders will race their new 2011 Felt DA time trial bikes.
GARMIN-TRANSITIONS TOUR DE SUISSE ROSTER
Tom Danielson (USA)
Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
Robbie Hunter (SA)
Martrijn Maaskant (Ned)
Cameron Meyer (Aus)
Christian Vande Velde (USA)
Matthew Wilson (Aus)