GARMIN SHARP

UCI ProTeam - GRS - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Biography

Garmin Sharp is now the panda team. The association started with Dan Martin's victory in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April 2013 when a spectator dressed as the black and white bear ran behind Martin shouting encouragement for a short while. At the Tour of Beijing, the finale of the UCI WorldTour, the Irishman joined in the fun, posing for photos with the event's panda mascot. Since then, the team has signed a partnership with the non-governmental organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Dan "Panda" Martin will be the focus of the team in 2014, especially in week-long stage races and hilly classics. The winner of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Martin is targeting good performances in these events again but will replace the Tour de France (in which he won a stage in 2013) with the Giro d’Italia which starts in Belfast in his home country. He is also expected to start the Vuelta a España and Tour of Lombardy; the latter is a classic that could have been made for him.

In the Giro, Garmin Sharp will be led by the Canadian Ryder Hesjedal who was so convincing in winning the 2012 edition, while rising star Andrew Talansky (USA) will lead the team in the Tour de France. After finishing 7th in the 2012 Vuelta and 10th in last year’s Tour, Talansky has constructed a programme designed to maximise his performance on French roads in July. He will ride the Tirreno-Adriatico: "It's good to do an event with an individual time trial, team time trial and mountain-top finish," Talansky explains. The young American will then ride the Tour de Romandie and Critérium du Dauphiné.

The team will look to another group of riders to boost their victory tally for the year, such as Dutch recruit Tom-Jelte Slagter, winner of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under, as well as Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas, Fabian Wegmann (4th in Grand Prix cycliste de Québec) and Alex Howes, the tough man of the group. In the cobbled classics, Johan Vansummeren will be seeking to repeat his shock triumph in the 2011 Paris-Roubaix.

Garmin Sharp has placed its faith in young riders to boost the numbers of rouleurs in its ranks. Australian Rohan Dennis, who wore the yellow jersey in the 2013 Critérium du Dauphiné, is joined by three neo-professionals: Dylan Van Baarle, Nathan Brown (US Under-23 Time Trial Champion) and Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen, Olympic Omnium Champion.

Contact

GARMIN SHARP

4730 Walnut Street, Suite 104

80301 Boulder, Colorado

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

[email protected] | www.slipstreamsports.com

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