In the early few days, one constant has emerged. That of the yellow and black jerseys of Tinkoff Credit Systems out on the attack. I am very impressed with the aggressiveness of 25 year-old Pavel Brutt. His attacks and long breakaways are inspiring. He truly is an По-русски (aggressive) rider.
For a team that has had significant setbacks up to and including the exclusion of Tyler Hamilton and Jorg Jaksche from the start list just before the Giro.
This goes to show that you do not need to shop for named riders on the scratch and dent shelves of cycling to find a team that can compete, provide entertainment, and much desired publicity.
Interesting note, you no longer see Hamilton, Jaksche, and Danilo Hondo’s name on the team’s website even though Tyler Hamilton’s latest post paints a picture of a man still part of the squad.