As we get set to begin the Spring Classics with Saturdayâ€™s running of the 102nd Milan-San Remo, itâ€™s the perfect time examine some of the important questions facing the major riders and teams during this yearâ€™s spring campaign. As each question is posted, feel free to share your opinions, insights, and predictions as commentsâ€”your commentary and spirited dialogue is always appreciated.
2. Are there too many cooks to stir the pot at Garmin-Cervelo?
Thor Hushovd, Heinrich Haussler, and Tyler Farrar give Garmin-CervÃ©lo the most talented core of riders any team has to offer from Milan-San Remo to Paris-Roubaix. But while Garminâ€™s riches should reap tremendous rewards for the team and its sponsors, one must pity the poor DS tasked with assigning these men roles in races all three have a realistic shot at winning.
Of the trio, Farrar might end up being the odd-man outâ€”especially if Hausslerâ€™s crash in Paris-Nice proves to be nothing more than a hiccup. Anyone who saw Hushovd leading-out the American during Stages 2 and 3 of Tirreno knows the World Championâ€™s at the top of his game. And Hausslerâ€”if heâ€™s truly regained his form from 2009â€”has the power and explosivity to contend on the steeper bergs of Flanders.
Were I calling the shots, Thor would bookend the campaign as captain for Milan-San Remo and Roubaix, with Farrar the man for Ghent-Wevelgem, and Haussler (who I still think is a week or two away from peak fitness) the kopman for Flanders. With a strong and experienced team including Andreas Klier, Roger Hammond, David Millar, and Johan Van Summeren, this is easily the deepest roster of the spring. If the teamâ€™s big three can ride with cohesion and chemistry, anything is possible.
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