It was another amazing weekend for Team Garmin-Sharp as the argyle armada closed out the Spring Classics the best way possible: Atop the podium. Here's the race report from SlipstreamSports.com, and you can see more race photos and reactions in their online gallery.
Team Garmin-Sharp played the race perfectly, with Ryder Hesjedal attacking late to set-up Dan Martin who rode a tactically perfect final kilometer for the win.
“Today we had a plan simular to Fleche with Ryder and Dan as our team leaders,” said Sports director Johnny Weltz.
“As a group went off the front early we thought it would suit us well. Several teams picked up the chase but we didn’t want to move too early as the wind in the race today made it less vital and less stressful.
“There we had a plan with Ryder to attack; and he certainly did causing a lot of damage! He was on the front with 5 of the strongest riders in the field but they didn’t work with him, so he just attacked them and stayed away to the last 3 km.
“Finally he was joined by a small group of strong riders that Dan was in as well. Dan could sit all the way to the final kilometer and benefit from an amazing ride by Ryder who paved the way for Dan who finished it off with a great sprint.
“The whole team rode fantastic today and Dan thanked them all by taking the win.”