April 29, 2010

Team Garmin-Transitions’s Tom Danielson is currently in New Mexico racing the Tour of the Gila with teammates David Zabriskie and Tom Peterson on the DZ-Nuts team. His strong second place on the opening stage’s mountain-top finish is a good indicator of his preparation for next month’s Tour of California, according to Cyclingnews:

Tom Danielson showed that he is on target for next month’s Amgen Tour of California with a strong performance in the SRAM Tour of the Gila on Wednesday.

The Garmin-Transitions rider, taking part in the national event under the DZ Nuts team, claimed second place, a mere 10 seconds behind stage winner Levi Leipheimer on the notoriously steep finishing 10-kilometre long ascent to Mogollon.

Danielson hopes to put forth an equally strong performance is Friday’s stage three time trial and keep his place in the overall classification.

Tom Danielson - Tour of the Gila, stage 1

“For me it’s important to prove to myself, that I can be up there with those guys and I proved that today,” Tom Danielson told Cyclingnews. “I hope to have a really good time trial in a couple of days.”

“I would really like to give the overall a shot, I’d be a fool not to,” he added. “I’ve done quite a few months here is Silver City with Team Garmin-Transitions, every year we’ve had a big training camp.”

Friday’s stage three Dan Potts Memorial Tyrone Individual Time Trial is sure to shake up the overall with a 25-km grueling out and back race against the clock. Last year Leipheimer increased his lead in the overall classification by winning the event in a time of 32.59.

“I’ve done a lot of time trial training this month and I hope to improve it,” Danielson said. “We will see because Levi is one of the best in the world and he’s a great indicator to see where we are at. I just keep working hard and worrying about myself and how good I can go and hopefully be ready for the Tour of California.”

Garmin-Transitions have three riders participating in the race this week as a tune-up for the Amgen Tour. Dave Zabriskie, Tom Danielson and Tom Peterson are represented under Zabriskie’s company DZ Nuts as they are prevented by UCI rules from participating in a national event under their ProTour team.

Read the entire feature.

More photos from the Tour of the Gila:
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