No Robert Hunter in this years Tour de France has us all wondering what the teams plan for the 100th edition of the Tour de France will be.
The Garmin-Sharp teams line up for the 100th edition of this years Tour de France was announced by Jonathon Vaughters believing that the team could challenge the likes of Team Sky, Saxo-Tinkoff as well as BMC in the fight for success in the mountains along with putting in a serious challenge for the overall general classification.
With the mountain stages as well as overall classification being goals the team have set themselves it was not a great surprise that the sprinters like Tyler Farrar, Robert Hunter and Johan Vansummeren would be left out to watch the event from a distance.
Vaughters was the last to name his final line-up for the Tour de France.The team is made up of a group of climbers and overall contenders, as well as a blend of youth and experience that could also target the team time trial stage in Nice on Tuesday.
With Ryder not defending his title at this years Giro dItalia he has been given a chance at redemption as well as a chance to try and win a 2nd grand tour title.Vaughters said, “ I went with my gut and it was a hard, hard choice to get it down to the final team”.He then went on to talk about the teams strengths and strategies and went on to say, “we don’t have one superstar but we have a bonded group of guys that together can create chaos in the race”.
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.
With five guys that can ride for the GC in the team his plan is to try and get the win come the end of 3 weeks in Paris
Let’s wait and see how his gut decisions pan out come the Champs – Elysees on the 21st July.