Irish Olympian Dan Martin, the Catalunya and Liege-Baston-Liege winner could co-lead the Garmin Sharp Tour de France team which features 2012 Giro d’Italia champion and former top-ten finisher, Ryder Hesjedal, young American Andrew Talansky, making his Tour de France debut, two-time top-ten finisher Christian Vande Velde, top-ten finisher Tom Danielson, stage winner David Millar, recent Giro d’Italia stage winner Ramunas Navardausaks, and rounded-out by Jack Bauer and Rohan Dennis, both making their Tour de France debuts.
“We have a deep team with a lot of options as we head into the Centennial Tour de France. Our goal is to animate the race and with an aggressive strategy, we will aim to place high in the general classification,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Team Garmin-Sharp.
“We have a few guys capable of achieving that – Ryder’s won a Grand Tour and placed in the top 10 of the Tour de France; Andrew is young and while it’s his first Tour de France, he is coming off a great season; and Dan Martin is having a breakout year with his wins in Catalunya and Liege-Baston-Liege. We will protect our best GC options and see how the race shakes out. Our approach is a little unconventional, but we’ve managed to come up with surprises every year at the Tour and we’re hoping for the same as we head into Corsica.”
Team Garmin-Sharp 2013 Tour de France Roster
Andrew Talansky, Christian Vande Velde, Dan Martin, David Millar, Jack Bauer, Ramunas Navardauskas, Rohan Dennis, Ryder Hesjedal, Tom Danielson
“We have a good mix of guys with a lot of experience combined with young riders competing in their first Tour de France,” said Charly Wegelius, Director Sportif. “We have options when it comes to general classification and we also have riders who are capable of stage wins, so we’ll be looking for those opportunities as well. It’s going to be an exciting three weeks.”