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Martin to make Tour debut as part of super-strong team

Posted 21 June 2012

Dan Martin has been selected as part of the Garmin-Barracuda team for the Tour de France.

Martin will make his debut in the race as part of a super-strong nine-man team which includes Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal as its team leader.
 
The announcement confirms the team’s confidence in the 25 year old who has set his sights on winning the king of the mountains classification.
 
Martin is also expected to challenge for stage wins and to match his success of having won a mountain stage in last year’s Vuelta á Espana.
 
The announcement was widely expected after Martin’s consistent performance throughout the season, the highlights being sixth at Fleche Wallonne and fourth overall at the Volta a Catalunya.
 
His decision to withdraw from this weekend’s national championship indicated that he was giving himself every opportunity to recover from the injuries he sustained at the Criterium du Dauphine.
 
This is the second time that Martin has been selected to ride the Tour and he is being careful not to aggravate any injuries which could force him out of the event, as was the case in 2010 when a knee injury led to his withdraw shortly before the start in Nice.
 
He was overlooked for selection in 2011 due to the intense competition for places with the team and the strength and make-up of this year’s Tour roster underlines his place in what is one of the strongest and most experienced teams in the race.
 
The team has strength in depth with 2011 top-ten finisher Tom Danielson and two-time top ten finisher Christian Vande Velde also named as part of the starting line-up.
 
Time trial experts David Zabriskie and David Millar will feature in the three individual time trials of the race and will also provide support both in the mountains and on the flats.
 
Top American sprinter and previous Tour stage winner Tyler Farrar will be joined in the sprints by South African national champion and Tour stage winner Robbie Hunter
 
Martin has been given a role as a climber and the team is rounded out by 2010 Paris-Roubaix winner, Johan Vansummeren
 
"We have put together a well-balanced team with an emphasis on support for our leader, Ryder. We have Christian and Tom, both excellent climbers who each have had great GC rides in the Tour and have shown their strength in recent racing. Dan Martin, making his Tour debut, rounds out the climbers of the team,” said Allan Peiper, Director of Competition, Team Garmin-Barracuda.
 
““The climbers will have the support of TT specialists David Millar and David Zabriskie along with Johan Vansummeren, who will also be able to help out sprinters Farrar and Hunter in the quest for stage wins,” he added.
 
 
“Having just won our first Grand Tour our goals for the Tour de France are high,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports. 
 
“We are going in very focused on the GC, but we’ll be looking for stage wins with Tyler as well. This is a great mix of riders with a lot of depth and talent, and we’re looking forward to some exciting racing,” Vaughters added.
 
 

Team Garmin-Barracuda 2012 Tour de France Roster:
 

 
Riders:

Dan Martin
Tom Danielson

Tyler Farrar

Ryder Hesjedal

Robbie Hunter

David Millar

Christian Vande Velde

Johan Vansummeren

David Zabriskie
 

 
Directors:

 
Bingen Fernandez

Allan Peiper

Jonathan Vaughters

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