|American-based professional cycling team, Garmin-Barracuda announced Thursday their nine man line-up for the 99th edition for the Tour de France. Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, who recently won the 2012 Giro d'Italia, headlines the team with last year's best placed American, Tom Danielson, as well as former top-ten finisher, Christian Vande Velde. Hesjedal will lead the team in the French Grand Tour as he hopes to get the best overall placing possible.
Tyler Farrar will lead the team in the sprints with Robbie Hunter, who is a former Tour stage winner. Ireland's Dan Martin will make his debut in the Tour de France this year with the American squad. David Millar and David Zabriskie will lead the team in the three individual time trials as well as give support in both the mountainous and flat stages. The ninth man on the team will be Johan Vansummeren, who won the 2011 edition of Paris-Roubaix.
"We have put together a well-balanced team with an emphasis on support for our leader, Ryder. We have Christian and Tom, both excellent climbers who each have had great GC rides in the Tour and have shown their strength in recent racing. Dan Martin, making his Tour debut, rounds out the climbers of the team,” said Team Director Allan Peiper.
"The climbers will have the support of TT specialists David Millar and David Zabriskie along with Johan Vansummeren, who will also be able to help out sprinters Farrar and Hunter in the quest for stage wins."
Team Garmin-Barracuda's Tour de France Squad
Christian Vande Velde
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