World champion Thor Hushovd took over the Tour de France yellow jersey from Belgian Philippe Gilbert as Garmin-Cervelo romped to victory on Sunday’s second stage, the Team Time Trial.
Hushovd’s Garmin team, one of the favourites for the 23km team time trial, set a winning time of 24min 48sec for the punishing event to beat the BMC team of Australia’s Cadel Evans into second place by 4sec.
It is the first victory of any kind on the race for Garmin, who merged with Hushovd’s former team Cervelo at the start of the season.
“It was a big dream of mine to pull on the yellow jersey as world champion, so you can imagine how happy I feel,” said Hushovd, who has worn the race’s coveted jersey three previous times in his rich career.
Defending champion Contador, who lost 1min 14sec to his rivals due to a crash on Saturday, dropped further down the overall standings to 75th at 1:42 behind Hushovd after his Saxo Bank team could only finish eighth at 28sec behind Garmin. Most note worthy is that he lost more time to Evans and Andy Schleck, 1:41 and 1:38 respectively.
Check out the interview below from Thor
Stage 3 route and who to watch:
Stage 3, 198 kilometres from Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon is a sprinters delight, look out for the likes of Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar and Alessandro Petacchi. Watch out for the winds coming from the Atlantic which could split the peloton into echelons on the long, straight and flat roads to Redon.
Check out the Stage 3 route map below: