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Wacky, creative types who make up in innovative and aggressive tactics what they lack in top end strength. In the past they’ve won bunch sprints without the fastest sprinter and Grand Tours without the strongest rider. They almost unfailingly put a rider into the top 10 of the Tour de France, and it’s never the rider we expect. So. Just to help things along, there is no chance whatsoever that Dan Martin is going to finish in the top 10 of the Tour.

Slagter was one of the best riders in the hilly Classics and Paris-Nice, and Garmin must fancy his chances of taking a stage win in Sheffield. Other than that, Talansky and Martin both have entirely different skillsets, but good chances of a final top 10 or a stage win.

Tour de France history
Participations: 6
Stage wins: 6
Best overall: Christian Vandevelde, fourth in 2008, Bradley Wiggins, fourth in 2009
Top 10s: 6
Jersey wins: 0

Tour team: Janier Acevedo (Col), Jack Bauer (NZl), Alex Howes (USA), Ben King (USA), Sebastian Langeveld (Ned), Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned), Andrew Talansky (USA), Johan Vansummeren (Bel)

Dan Martin at the 2014 Tour of Beijing

Dan Martin’s Tour of Beijing panda helmet

Dan Martin will take to the startline at the Tour of Beijing tomorrow wearing a special edition panda themed POC Octal helmet to celebrate Garmin-Sharp’s partnership with wildlife charity WWF.…