It was a well-ridden 2010 Tour of Flanders for Team Garmin-Transitions, with David Millar animating the final chase and Tyler Farrar sprinting to a top-five result.
The Argyle Armada rode valiantly in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, despite the usual conditions of a Spring Classic. And even though Tyler Farrar was ready to quit, having crashed twice in just one kilometer of road, director sportif Matt White encouraged him to go on. And Farrar is thankful that he did.
“I have always said that there is something special about a one day classic and for me, and Flanders is my dream race,” said Farrar.
“To finish in the top five here is a dream come true. I really want to thank Whitey for telling me to keep going after I crashed twice in just one kilometer and was ready to call it a day. And of course thank Dave for leading me out. Truly, today was a dream come true for me. And it was another great day for the team.”
For David Millar, racing in the Spring Classics is not a style he is usually accustomed to. However, with great form coming off his overall win at the Three Days of De Panne, he was ready to give it his all.
“A big learning experience,” is how Millar described his reintroduction to racing in the Spring Classics. “I spent a long time chasing back to the front. I even walked up the Koppenberg! When I did finally get to the front I did what Whitey had told me to do which was attack when everybody was relaxed post a hard moment.
I felt strong, the only problem was I had lost some bottles and was desperately low on energy. I went from hero to zero very quickly and stood no chance of making it over the Muur with my two companions.”
“I then tried to hold off the group behind but was eventually caught. Ty made it back into the same group shortly after and I went to lead out duty. He told me he only had 100m in him so I left my lead out as late as possible and Ty did what he did best and brought home a great fifth place for the team. I was more exhausted after the race then I can ever remember being. But I think I’ve fallen in love with Flanders!”
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