The Garmin-Transitions pro cycling team pulled off a magical feat this past Tuesday, winning stages simultaneously at two of the world's premier cycling events: The Giro d'Italia and the Tour of California.
David Zabriskie smartly forged a break with Levi Leipheimer and Michael Rogers on the Bonny Doon climb near the end of the Tour of California's hilly third stage. And let's face it, once those three are off and working together in a break, it's going to take a pretty motivated field to bring them back. The three worked as a pair until the finish drew near, with Zabriskie attacking the others with about 800 meters to go, narrowly holding off Rogers for the win. Tyler Farrar's win was quite different. After riding his team's train to the front of the pack with a few kilometers to go in what was mostly a flat, fast stage, the fight for control at the front among the sprinter's teams was super-intense. Farrar, knowing the run-in to the finish was nearly identical to stage two's technical finale, which he also won, followed teammate Julian Dean's wheel as he blazed around the final few corners. Farrar's acceleration is as fast as any sprinter's in the world, and he put it to good use as he punched it out of the final turn and cruised to victory. One day, two races, two bad-ass stage wins. Congrats to the teams on both continents! Oh, and I'm not going to make any crazy claims here, but rumor has it that Tropical Punch CLIF SHOT BLOKS were seen in Garmin team cars at both races. I'm just sayin'.
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