Team Garmin-Transitions rounded out a good Spring Classics campaign with Ryder Hesjedal putting in strong performances. Director Lionel Marie sent this report from the final Spring Classic:
After a nice Fleche Wallonne for Garmin-Transitions, with four guys in the finish (three of them youngs guys: Michel Kreder, Peter Stetina, Dan Martin) and a top ten for Ryder, it was onto La Doyenne, the oldest of the European Classics.
At 258km Ryder did his max and just arrived in top 15 so another good finish of an Ardennes Classics for him. But our team was better with Christian Vande Velde who always put Ryder in good position at the right moments. Dan Martin did well also but had some problems with allergies.
Trent Lowe is still one of the best teammates and Cameron Meyer, after a month dedicated to the track, it is never easy to start the road in the Classics — but this guy is a good one! Michel gave his part and stopped after 200kms to head to Romandie, where we hope for good things from him.
Christian Meier was again the perfect teammate (though it was good to see him on the podium for meta volantes in Pais Vasco!) And Peter Stetina is continuing to learn.
The Classics are done, now it’s time for stage racing!
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