Garmin-Sharp has confirmed the names of its 29-rider roster for the 2014 season, with the US-registered team adding a further wave of talented young riders to its roster.
Garmin-Sharp continues to focus on developing the future of cycling and has signed on two-time U23 National Time Trial champion Nathan Brown, Olympic Gold Medalist and Danish U23 National Road TT CHampion (Omnium) Lasse Hansen; Dylan Van Baarle, Dutch U23 National Road and TT Champion and two-time winner of Olympia’s Tour; Ben King, former U23 National Road Race and Criterum Champion and Professional National Road Race Champion, and Tom-Jelte Slagter, winner of the 2013 Tour Down Under.
Also wearing the team’s argyle kit for 2014 are Classics specialist Sebastian Langeveld, winner of the 2011 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and top-ten finisher in the 2013 Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and E3 Harelbeke; Janier Acavedo, podium finisher at the 2013 Tour of California; American Phil Gaimon, making the leap to his first World-Tour team, and climbing specialist Andre Cardoso.
Following the retirement of Christian Vande Velde and Dave Zabriskie, Dan Martin and Andrew Talansky will have a more defined leadership role along with Ryder Hesjedal. Talansky finished tenth in the Tour de France, while Martin won a mountain stage and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Hesjedal had a difficult 2013 after winning the Giro d’Italia in 2012. He quit the Giro because of a virus and then rode the Tour de France with a cracked rib. He was then forced to confess to doping during his early career as a mountain bike after accusation by Michael Rasmussen.
Tyler Farrar and Steele Von Hoff will be focused on sprint finishes; and young sensations Rohan Dennis and Lachlan Morton will continue to build on their 2013 seasons.
The young riders can count on the experience of former Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Vansummeren, Nick Nuyens, Fabian Wegmann, Tom Danielson and David Millar, who is set to retire at the end of 2014.
[quote_center]This is our youngest roster ever, which I’m happy about and proud of[/quote_center]
“This is our youngest roster ever, which I’m happy about and proud of,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp. “It brings us back to the roots of this organization. We have the most talented riders in the world, it’s now our job to help them realize that talent and realize their dreams.”
Garmin-Sharp 2014 Team:
Janier Acavedo, Jack Bauer, Nathan Brown, Andre Cardoso, Tom Danielson, Thomas Dekker, Rohan Dennis, Caleb Fairly, Tyler Farrar, Koldo Fernandez de Larrea, Phil Gaimon, Nathan Haas, Lasse Hansen, Ryder Hesjedal, Alex Howes, Ben King, Raymond Kreder, Sebastian Langeveld, Dan Martin, David Millar, Lachlan Morton, Ramunas Navardauskas, Nick Nuyens, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Andrew Talansky, Dylan Van Baarle, Johan Vansummeren, Steele Von Hoff, Fabian Wegmann