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Vaughters believes Garmin-Sharp can create chaos at Tour de France

Stephen Farrand
June 27, 2013, 14:04,
June 28, 2013, 10:02
Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tour de France
Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Sharp)

Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Sharp)

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Jonathan Vaughters introduced his Garmin-Sharp Tour de France line-up as “a group of guys that together can create chaos,” confident that they can take on Team Sky, BMC and Saxo-Tinkoff in the fight for success in the mountains and perhaps even overall success.

Sitting between Rohan Dennis, Dan Martin, Ryder Hesjedal, David Millar and Andrew Talansky in their hotel, Vaughters and his riders revealed their goals, their hopes and their ambitions for the 2013 Tour de France.

Garmin-Sharp was the last team to name its final line-up of riders for the Tour de France, revealing the names as the riders were already on the way to Corsica. Vaughters left out sprinter Tyler Farrar and the likes of Johan Vansummeren, opting for a band of climbers and overall contenders, a blend of youth and experience that could also target the team time trial stage in Nice on Tuesday.

"Last year I had a lot of hesitation when I made the final Tour de France selection and let a lot of information into the equation. I didn't go with my gut. And even if David Millar won a great stage, we didn’t have a great Tour de France," he said.

"This year I went with my gut and it was a hard, hard choice to get it down to the final team. But I went with instinct and with what has been our formula for success for the last eight or nine months of racing. We've won the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Catalunya and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In all of those races we won it on the basis of strength of the whole team. Of course one rider closed the deal, but each time we played an aggressive strategy and there were three, four or even five guys on the team could have won the race and then one did."

"That's our strength and we’re going in with the same open strategy. We don't have one superstar but we have a bonded group of guys that together can create chaos in the race and create a situation where can perform way above what anyone's expectations of us are.”

Vaughters then introduced Dennis, Martin, Hesjedal, Millar and Talansky. Missing from the press conference but also in the Garmin-Sharp Tour de France team are Christian Vande Velde, Tom Danielson, Ramunas Navardauskas and Jack Bauer.

"Our team is a little bit more climbing focused than it has been in the past. I thought that might take the edge off our TTT but from what I saw in training, these guys have put it together. The collective is incredibly strong," Vaughters said.

"Potentially we have five guys that can ride for the GC and we have 'the' potential to win the race. I'm not going to say it's a large possibility; actually it's a very, very, very small possibility. But I can dream. It's two days before the race.

"The parcours is hillier than it's been, so it gives greater opportunities for riders like Dan, so I selected team on that basis. I think we've proven we're a great team for mountain stage races and so I feel we need to focus on that and on the guys who will be future of this team for the next five or six years."


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Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
I am hoping they will, where the spnish riders allways wait till the last summit, garmin could really stir things up with early strong attacks turning the whole classement up, what i remeber from the first girro week promisses a lot..
Scott Miner More than 1 year ago
Agree, this looks like an agressive from the start kind of team. I like this approach, and I'm thinking some other teams are not going to like it so much.
cthenn More than 1 year ago
We can only hope! As per usual, the organizers try to create false drama by holding off the big decisive stages until the third week. I don't want to wait 2 weeks of cat-and-mouse to see who's legit. Bring it on Garmin!!!
andrew1991 More than 1 year ago
This Tour is a good chance for Daniel Martin to finish, for the first time, in the top 10 of a GT. This season he already won Vuelta a Catalunia and LBL, he also finished 8th in the Tour of Suisse, so I think that he could finish in the top 10. Good Luck Garmin.
Dan Vella More than 1 year ago
They have the means to really light up this tour. Sure, they don't have a 5 star contender but it'll be great to see how the others deal with Talansky, Martin and Hesjedal riding agressively as Hesjedal did at the start of the Giro. What if Talasky and Porte go up the road - could blow the race apart!
blemcooper More than 1 year ago
Hopefully the type of chaos the Garmin guys will create will be the good kind, that shakes up complacency at unexpected moments, rather than the chaos of a crash in the run up to bunch sprints that we've seen a Garmin rider involved in so frequently.
Scott Miner More than 1 year ago
No worries, they left Farrar home this time.
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
But the crashes have never been his fault ;).
TANK91 More than 1 year ago
Farrar is awful.
lakat47 More than 1 year ago
Creating chaos is the best that Garmin can do. They don't have winners on their team, they have whiners. They sure brought chaos to the 2011 Tour de France through incompetence. I hope if they do it again, they don't take out anyone but their own team. No love.
cthenn More than 1 year ago
Ironic that you are WHINING about supposed WHINERS.
veganpotter More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness Mr. I'm just as fast as Cav but I can't even hold his wheel Farrar isn't racing!!!
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
Yes. Seems a nice enough guy (when he isn't being forcibly restrained from trying to punch someone's lights out), but doesn't seem at all suited to bunch sprint finishes.
chainstay9 More than 1 year ago
I don't think it's a great strategy for success but it's the only one they could have. Now they need to execute. I like this team.
venetodan More than 1 year ago
Professor Chaos!
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
Tyler Farrar is a sprinter? Who new?
winkybiker More than 1 year ago
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I really like Vaughters. I wonder what kind of a budget Garmin-Sharp operate on compared to the competition. That would be an interesting list to see...Team budgets. Anyone know?
CanadaSJRA More than 1 year ago
My guess is they are one of the better funded teams.