France – Americans Christian Vande Velde (pictured) and Tyler Farrar will lead a deep Garmin-Transitions squad at the upcoming Tour de France. The nine-man roster was announced for the July 3-25 stage race, and it’s clearly a team that can shoot for both stage wins and a high General Classification.
Farrar, one of the world’s fastest sprinters, will be backed by two fast lead-out men—New Zealander Julian Dean and South African Robbie Hunter—as he tries to score his first Tour de France stage win. Veteran David Millar will also be a key asset in helping the team control things in the sprint stages.
Also joining the team is four-time U.S. Time Trial Champion David Zabriskie, who will be racing the new Felt DA in the time trials. For the mountains, Vande Velde will have the support of Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, who won a stage at the 2009 Vuelta a España and showed great form in May with a stage win at the Tour of California.
Rounding out the squad are classics strongmen Martin Maaskant of The Netherlands and Johan Van Sumeren of Belgium.
It looks to be one of the strongest Tour teams ever for the Garmin-Transitions boys, cheer them on starting July 3!
GARMIN-TRANSITIONS 2010 TOUR DE FRANCE TEAM
Tyler Farrar (USA)
Christian Vande Velde (USA)
Julian Dean (NZL)
Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
Robert Hunter (RSA)
Martin Maaskant (Ned)
David Millar (GBR)
Johan Van Sumeren (Bel)
Dave Zabriskie (USA)