Team Garmin-Sharp Reveals 2014 Roster
With experienced professional riders David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde having retired at the end of the 2013 season and Ryder Hesjedal having had a disappointing season, Team Garmin-Sharp has decided to reduce its focus on race victories and instead use more resources on developing the future of cycling.
The team announced it will dedicate additional resources to developing talented young rider additions such as 21-year-old American Nathan Brown, a two-time U23 National Time Trial champion; Lasse Norman Hansen, an Olympic Gold Medalist (Omnium) and Danish U23 National Road and TT Champion; 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 (an honor he won at just 21 years old,) and Tom-Jelte Slagter, winner of the 2013 Tour Down Under.
Also joining the argyle ranks are spring 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 WorldTour team, and climbing specialist Andre Cardoso.
The team's reduced spearhead formation now consists of only Dan Martin, Tour de France stage winner and winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Andrew Talansky, the top American at the 2013 Tour de France – finishing tenth overall.
Tyler Farrar and Steele Von Hoff will be focused on sprint finishes, though no longer supported by Alex Rasmussen who is not a part of the 2014 roster; and young sensations Rohan Dennis and Lachlan Morton will continue to build on their 2013 seasons. The Classics squad will continue to benefit from the experience of Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Vansummeren.
"This is our youngest roster ever, which I'm happy about and proud of," said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of 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."
Complete Team Garmin-Sharp 2014 roster for 2014:
Koldo Fernandez de Larrea
Lasse Norman Hansen
Dylan Van Baarle
Steele Von Hoff