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Apr. 6, 2010
Millar, Farrar off to Fast Starts as Garmin Tackles Early Season Races

After attacking what remained of the peloton and forging a decisive three-man chase group, Garmin-Transitions’ David Millar looked set to be sprinting for a podium spot at Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.

Instead, after missing a couple feeds and losing a few water bottles, he found himself bonking on the famed Mur de Grammont and losing contact with his chase companions. But, as he has shown throughout his career, resiliency is one of Millar’s strongest traits. And, although he was exhausted and depleted, he knew he still had a chance to help a teammate out in the field sprint. That teammate was Tyler Farrar—one of the world’s top young sprinters, who was behind in a larger, hard-charging fourth chase group.

Millar smartly dropped back to the third chase group and found Farrar once the fourth group caught up with 3k to go. Farrar was able to ride Millar’s wheel to the front of the group and take advantage of his lead-out until Millar pulled off with 300 meters to go, leaving his teammate to finish off the sprint for an impressive 5th place. As the guys from Tenacious D would say, “that’s *#!@ teamwork.”

Heading into Flanders, Millar and Farrar were both feeling strong after impressive performances in last week’s Three Days of de Panne, which saw each rider winning a stage and Millar taking the overall. With several riders on the team on good form and with a talented group who can apparently ride the cobbles, this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix could get pretty interesting.

Good luck, fellas!
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