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Jul. 27, 2009
Garmin-Slipstream Wraps Up Amazing Tour de France
NIce Day In the CountryThe Tour de France finished up its three-week run Sunday with the traditional sprint finish on the Champs Elysees. And while most of the mainstream press focused on the internal squabbles within the powerful Astana team throughout the race, we here at the Clif Bar world headquarters were extremely happy to sit back and watch Garmin-Slipstream put on an exceptionally professional showing.

The penultimate stage on the Ventoux was epic. With all the lead riders represented at the head of the race and podium positions on the line, the pace was fast and the attacks often. Try as they might, the feathery Schleck brothers could not dislodge Garmin’s surprise climber Bradley Wiggins from the group, attacking for more than 20k with hopes of leapfrogging the elder Schleck into Wiggo’s 4th place slot. Despite being dropped countless times by the accelerations of the Saxo Bank duo, Wiggins would not quit. He clawed his way back to the climber’s group time after time as the riders suffered into the legendary mountain’s exposed moonscape. By the time the group was able to finally shed Wiggins, it was too late. Wiggo must have died a thousands deaths to get to the finish line that day, slumping over the bars in exhaustion as he crossed under the banner. In the end, though, he saved his high placing by a mere three seconds. Bravo, Bradley…Bravo!

But, to say that Wiggins’s great finish was the lone achievement for the Boulder-based team would be a mistake. The team fought day after day to get Tyler Farrar in position to sprint for stage wins. And although he was unable to beat Cavendish in numerous attempts, the young American sprinter had to be happy with numerous podium placings throughout the race. Christian Vande Velde was no slouch either. He finished 8th overall even after suffering through injuries sustained during the Giro di’Italia. Vande Velde is a class act, and he didn’t think twice about pacing his higher-placed teammate up some brutal climbs when he needed it most, proving himself invaluable to the team.

Cap it all off with a second-place finish in the team time trial, and any fool can see that the Garmin-Slipstream squad completed a pretty extraordinary Tour.

Way to go Fellas! We’re already excited for next year! And for the ’09 Vuelta. And for the Tour of Lombardy. And the…
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Eric
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Team Clif Bar, Tour
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