Brits shine in Med team time trial

Bradley Wiggins Danny Pate Tour of the Med 2009

They may not have been in the winning team, but all five British riders in the Tour of the Mediterranean are now in the top twenty overall after the second, team time trial stage.

Caisse d'Epargne snatched top honours from Bradley Wiggins and David Millar's usually well-drilled Garmin-Slipstream team by just two seconds in the French stage race.

A further two seconds behind, the Barloworld squad containing Brits Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Steve Cummings came a solid third - Thomas and Cummings' track team pursuit experience has obviously rubbed off on the team.

Garmin-Slipstream have become the team to beat in team time trials, having won last year's opening Giro d'Italia TTT and having already won the TTT in the Tour of Qatar earlier this month.

Millar is now the top placed Brit in the Med, in 10th place. Ireland's Dan Martin is in ninth. Luis Sanchez of Caisse d'Epargne leads the race with four stages remaining. The final stage is on Sunday, February 15.

1. Caisse d'Epargne 25km in 28-47

2. Garmin-Slipstream at 2secs

3. Barloworld at 4secs

4. Francaise des Jeux at 34secs

5. BBox-Bouygues Telecom at 40secs

1. Luis Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne in 2-37-43

2. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne

3. Jose Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne

4. Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne

5. Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne

6. Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne

7. Anthony Charteau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne at same time

8. Danny Pate (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 3secs

9. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Slipstream

10. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream at same time

Other British

12. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin-Slipstream

14. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld at 5secs

16. Christopher Froome (GBr) Barloworld

18. Steven Cummings (GBr) Barloworld at same time


David Millar on stage one


Bradley Wiggins in the bunch on stage one


Garmin-Slipstream take second in the team time trial

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