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Garmin-Sharp confirms its 2014 line-up

Stephen Farrand
December 31, 2013, 14:30,
December 31, 2013, 14:40
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp)

Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp)

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Vaughters: "This is our youngest roster ever"

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 has signed 21-year-old US Under 23 time trial champion Nathan Brown, Lasse Hansen, the Olympic gold medalist in the Omnium on the track, Dylan Van Baarle, the Dutch U23 national road and time trial champion; former Under 23 US national road race and criterium champion Ben King and Tom-Jelte Slagter, winner of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under.

Also wearing the team's argyle kit for 2014 are Classics specialist Sebastian Langeveld, American Phil Gaimon and Colombia's Janier Acavedo, who impressed in the USA in 2013 by winning a stage at the Amgen Tour of California and finishing on the final podium.

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 focus on sprint finishes while Australians Rohan Dennis and Lachlan Morton will be expected to build on their impressive 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.

"This is our youngest roster ever, which I'm happy about and proud of," Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp said in the announcement confirming the roster.

"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 Roster:

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 and Fabian Wegmann.

Brian Handy 9 months ago
Ben King is actually a former Elite Men US Road Champion, not just U 23 champ .
bikebandit 9 months ago
This team is seriously lacking star power. They have a couple of top ten riders along with a bunch of kids. Ummm, sign Horner to win the Giro anyone??
wilburforce 9 months ago
They're afraid of Horner. Dont tell me its the money. Ive never heard of 80% of this roster. This team, and many others could find the money and the room for Horner. They cant accept the fact that Chris won the Vuelta clean. Apparently Chris should have backed off just a bit on the final Vuelta climb and let Nibali win. He would probably have a pretty good contract somewhere now. Its Bull****
Ryo Hazuki 9 months ago
of course it's the money. who has 1.5 million over 2 years to spend on a 42 year old
wilburforce 9 months ago
You are right. I didnt state it, by my comments are based on the assumption that he in fact could be had for much less than his initial asking price
William Nedza 9 months ago
If you have never heard of 80% of their roster you must prefer golf over cycling. I wouldn't sign Horner if I was Garmin, as he wouldn't be the guy they'd support for any GC's, and why pay big bucks for an older guy who would just be riding support? Check the results of the guys on this roster, damned impressive for youngsters. I really like Chris Horner a lot, he's a great guy, but he's not who Garmin is looking for.
big grimpeur 9 months ago
A Giro winner, 3 guys who have top 10's at the Tour, 2 monument winners, 1 guy who has won stages at all 3 tours, and a lot of young talent (Haas,Morton). Yeah sure it's not squeaky clean Sky with a $25m budget and who stole their best stage racer, but sure, it looks bleak for Garmin.
JantonStentenan 9 months ago
I'll agree that Haas is young, but I'm not sure where you're getting the talent from. As for the "guy who has won stages at all 3 tours," one can only assume you mean Farrar, but I suggest you might refer to him as what he is better known by, and that is the whin iest b iltch in the peloton(just my suggestion). A World Tour team whose sole focus is the ToC and the USAPC. And they aren't even competitive in either. I guess you're right, it sure does look bleak.
Anonymous 9 months ago
There are two guys who've won stages in the three tours - Millar and Farrar. And I count 3 monument winners: Nuyens, Vansummeren and Martin.
nepetalactone 9 months ago
Nuyens and Vansummeren were the luckiest on the day during their respective victories. Don't count on them for results on a regular basis.
Peter von 9 months ago
or to win California and Vuelta, with Dan Martin targeting Giro, worlds and Lombardia, Talansky and Hesjedal in the Tour.
ustabe 9 months ago
And how has that changed? I see one change happening--they're transforming from a team of aging regretful ex-dopers, cast in Vaughters' personal mold, to a team of young riders who have (hopefully) never doped. I don't see where Horner fits into this. The three possibilities about Horner are, he has at least one more GT win in him (at 43), the 2013 Veulta was his swan song (like Evans' 2011 Tour and Wiggins in 2012), or he doped. I'm sure manager would be more willing to bet on number one if the price was right.
bike_boy 9 months ago
They've got a pretty decent team for 2014. No true big hitters, but a bunch of riders who can sneak the odd win or ride well in GC.
Sarcastic Wet Trout 9 months ago
Why is Nick Nuyens a member of Garmin-Sharp?
tomtim1 9 months ago
Good to see Tom Danielson still has a ride. Oh wait, no, no it's not good.
bikebandit 9 months ago
I must say that Lasse Hansen is a cool name. Even if I have never heard of him. I am a fan!! I hope he is not the guy at the end of ta stage with HD next to his name.
William Nedza 9 months ago
Morton could win the Tour of CA or USA Pro, Ryder won the Giro, Talansky could make TdF or Vuelta podium, Vansummeren for a Classcis win or 2, Navardauskas could surprise many, Rohan's a stud --- they have by far the best young talent of any team, it's just a matter of who progresses to the top...