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Tour de France: Cannondale-Garmin continues three-pronged attack after mixed first week

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Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) puts in an attack

Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) puts in an attack (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin)

Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Cannondale-Garmin team in its green jerseys

The Cannondale-Garmin team in its green jerseys (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) leads Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick Step)

Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) leads Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick Step) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin) debuts his US national champs jersey

Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin) debuts his US national champs jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Charly Wegelius directs Cannondale - Garmin ahead of the team time trial course preview

Charly Wegelius directs Cannondale - Garmin ahead of the team time trial course preview (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)

Cannondale-Garmin came into the Tour de France hoping that sharing the pressure of success over multiple riders would safeguard them from the pitfalls that the race more often than not throws up. Andrew Talansky, Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal have all been charged with shouldering the team's GC ambitions, but a challenging first week has seen favourites emerge among the trio.

Hesjedal's hopes have all but gone after he shed more than 20 minutes when he missed the split on stage 5. Martin is just under eight minutes down on the race lead but it is Talansky in 20th at less than three minutes back that has been the team's best performer so far. Considering the action that we've seen in the opening six days though, the team are not ready to put all their eggs into one basket just yet.