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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)

Garmin-Sharp, Majorca, February 2014

Garmin set for change of direction

The Garmin-Sharp team, so long the advocates of high-risk tactics, will re-route their race sat-nav and put their weight behind Andrew Talansky for the Tour‘s general classification this year. Rather…

Alberto Contador, Andrew Talansky and Jurgen Van den Broeck after the final stage of of the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine

Garmin-Sharp backs Andrew Talansky for Tour de France

David Millar has been controversially omitted from the Garmin-Sharp team that will be built around Andrew Talansky at the Tour de France this year. The 37-year-old Millar today communicated via…