The Argyle Armada sails to victory!

American team, Slipstream-Chipotle pulled off a fantastic victory in the opening 23.6 km TTT at the Giro d'Italia today. The Argyle Armada sailed to victory in Palermo, in 23 minutes 32 seconds. Not bad, for a team without an designated captain. American, Christian Vande Velde crossed the line before his other teammates and thus enjoys the maglia rosa. Twenty years ago, another American wore the maglia rosa to overall victory ... Andy Hampsten.

"This is amazing. I don't really think about being the first American in pink in 20 years, I think more about how much of a big coup it was for myself and the team," exclaimed Vande Velde. With other strong riders to provide the much needed support and possibly stage success, I can't help but believe that this team will go far. Kudos to guys like Hesjedal, Dean, Zabriskie, and Backstedt for finishing alongside with Vande Velde for the win.

A great start for the young team!

RYDER off the front! The Argyle Armada sailing to victory!

(Top photo): Joyous celebration for the argyle boys.