Team Argos-Shimano had another prolific weekend of racing with two huge victories in two different major international events.
In Germany, Marcel Kittel (shown, above) added another victory to his 2013 win column as he out-sprinted a world-class field in the Category 1.1 Garmin Pro Race, a 184k affair held in conjunction with Velothon, in the city of Berlin. An early break of five were eventually consumed by the bunch, and with 15k to go it was clear it would come down to a bunch finish. The Argos-Shimano leadout train, fast becoming one the world’s best, went to work and with 2k to go held the front. In the end it was Marcel catapulting from teammate Tom Veelers’ wheel to take the coveted win.
Meanwhile, the 8-day WorldTour event Criterium du Dauphine concluded in France and it was Thomas Damuseau (shown, above) who, having taken the polka doted King of the Mountains (KOM) jersey on day one, finished alone atop this prestigious competition. You do not win a KOM competition by sitting in or being safe, and in the case of Thomas he rode with confidence and panache throughout the entire event, making key breaks and animating the action at every pass. He also helped dispel the notion that Argos-Shimano is a team limited to just sprinters!
Team Argos-Shimano is currently competing in the Tour de Suisse (June 8-16) and will start the Tour de France on June 29. Coming immediately up are the ZLM Tour (June 12-17, men) and Giro Trentino (June 15-16, women).