The Dutch outfit is still stinging about missing out on a return ticket to the Tour, especially since it starts in Rotterdam this July. Skil-Shimano raced last year’s Tour on a wild-card invitation, but Tour officials overlooked the team when issuing the final six spots to the 2010 Tour earlier this week.
It worked out some of its frustration with a victory in Saturday’s Hel van het Mergelland over the hills of the Limburg region of southern Holland.
The 25-year-old Frenchman out-kicked breakaway companion Jos Van Emden (Rabobank) after the two tore away from a 22-man escape with less than 30km to go. Dominic Klemme (Saxo Bank) came through third.
“This victory was achieved because of the work of our team,” Huguet said. “Our team was always in the first ranks throughout the race. Also, I knew the road around here because the team is always holding its training camps in this area.”
It’s the first win Huguet since joining Skil-Shimano and the second of the year for the team. The squad also placed two more in the top-10, with Simon Geschke in fourth and Albert Timmer in eighth.
Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Columbia) was part of the winning move and crossed the line 17th at 30 seconds back while Ted King (Cervélo) crossed the line 24th at 2:03 back.