|Vandevelde leads warmups at the Tour de Georgia TTT|
Fresh off a Tour de Georgia TTT victory and with additional horsepower from David Millar, Magnus Backstedt, Julian Dean, and Ryder Hesjedal, Slipstream decisively took the opening TTT at the Giro d'Italia. In fact, the Slipstream train flew three national championship jerseys: US (Zabriskie), UK (Millar), and Canada (Hesjedal). It's easily the biggest win for Slipstream, yet, and probably helps put them and organizers at ease with the big invites they scored this year.
High Road and CSC finished second and third at six seconds back, and Barloworld did well to place 13 seconds back to potentially launch Soler into pink later this Giro. Surprisingly, Astana was nearly half a minute back and is perhaps feeling the lack of preparation for the big opener.