France — The Garmin-Transitions squad kicked off the most important stage race so far this season with British veteran David Millar scoring a top-10 in the prologue at Paris-Nice. Millar rode his Felt DA TT bike to a seventh-place finish in the 8-kilometer time trial outside of Paris.
Garmin-Transitions team director Matt White said the eight-day Paris-Nice, which starts outside the City of Light and travels south to Nice over the next week, will be the first big test for the team’s climbers and GC riders, including Americans Christian Vande Velde and Tom Danielson.
“It’s one of the easier Paris-Nice races in recent years, at least compared to the brutal ones,” White said. “There are no hilltop finishes or time trials [outside the prologue] but there are plenty of climbs, so it’s a climber’s race or sure.”
March 7-14. France
1. Lars Boom (Ned), Rabobank, in 10:56
2. Jens Voigt (Ger), Saxo Bank), in 10:59
3. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Team Radioshack, in 11:02
4. Alberto Contador (Spa), Astana, in 11:02
5. Peter Sagan (Svk), Liquigas-Doimo, in 11:06
6. Xavier Tondo (Spa), Cervelo Test Team, in 11:07
7. David Millar (GB), Garmin – Transitions, in 11:08
8. Luis-leon Sanchez (Spa), Caisse D’epargne, in 11:09
9. Roman Kreuziger (Cze), Liquigas-Doimo, in 11:09
10. Samuel Sanchez (Spa), Euskaltel – Euskadi, in 11:12