The Garmin team were quiet and clearly disappointed as they warmed down after their ride in the opening team time trial of the 2009 Giro d’Italia on Saturday and tried to understand what had gone wrong.

Garmin prepare especially for team time trials and wanted a second win at the Giro after victory in Palermo last year. Defeat, especially by Columbia, was hard to take.

Bradley Wiggins wasn’t in the mood to talk after warming down, but the voice and words of team manager Jonathan Vaughters said it all.

“At the end of the day, we?ve said from the beginning that, in this team, we?re about perfecting the process. The final result is what it is,” Vaughters said.

“No specific parameter defines success. Winning today was definitely a goal. We did specific training for it and we?ll do that before the Tour de France as well and the goal will be to win. We did the process as best we could and went for it.”

?I think that the guys rode fast and did a great team time trial. Maybe there are a couple of lessons to be learnt for the Tour de France but we went six seconds slower than the number one team in the world.?

WE?RE HERE TO RACE FOR THREE WEEKS

?Contrary to the common belief we?ve come to the Giro d?Italia to race for three weeks. We have Tyler Farrar who can do good things in the sprints, there are some stages that Christian Vande Velde has high hopes for. Tom Danielson could do well too, so of course, we?ll race the whole three weeks.?

?It?s disappointing not to win when you?ve worked so hard, but does that mean we should work less hard? Of course not. We?re going to work very hard for the team time trial at the Tour. We always do the best we can and today it was second place. We just got beat by a better team.?

?We always planned to finish with five riders, and it was a very smooth ride but it didn?t work today. There were no execution errors. Columbia just went really faster.?


Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports

Stage one: Cavendish in pink as Columbia prove their point to Garmin

Photo galleries

Stage one photo gallery

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2009 Giro d’Italia guide and features

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CW’s Giro top ten prediction

Brits in the Giro 2009

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