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Can Garmin-Sharp win and put Millar in yellow?
Garmin-Sharp team manager Jonathan Vaughters has predicted a close team time trial in Nice, suggesting that even tiny errors could be decisive in making the time differences that decide the win.
Garmin-Sharp is targeting the stage victory and David Millar could pull on the yellow jersey if the team finishes one-second faster than Radioshack-Leopard and current race leader Jan Bakelants.
David Millar would be back in yellow 13 years after he lost it in the team time trial of the 2000 Tour de France. However the Garmin-Sharp team will have to win the team time trial to stop other riders gaining enough time on Millar and take yellow.
Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) is third overall, also at one second and so could pull on the yellow jersey if Orica-GreenEdge win the stage. Similarly, Michal Kwiatkowski could be in yellow if Omega Pharma-Quick Step win. Edvald Boasson Hagen could be in yellow if Team Sky wins the TTT, while Cadel Evans is BMC's best placed rider overall and so would pull on the maillot jaune if BMC produce a perfect performance.
In this video, Vaughters tells Cyclingnews the secrets of the Nice team time trial and gives his prediction of which teams will fill the top three places.