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    Hesjedal update


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    First time I saw this, that is great news! Good luck Ryder.

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    Yes, that is great news!

    Especially for Garmin and their fans, who will now have their big GC contender ready and in the fight....
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    Makes this year all the more interesting.
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    Hope Garmin do well.
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    Well here's the final roster. Tyler Farrar, for whatever reason, is not making the trip.

    Garmin-Sharp for the 2013 Tour de France

    Jack Bauer (NZL)
    Tom Danielson (USA)
    Rohan Dennis (AUS)
    Ryder Hesjedal (CAN)
    Daniel Martin (IRL)
    David Millar (GBR)
    Ramunas Navardauskas (LIT)
    Andrew Talansky (USA)
    Christian Vande Velde (USA)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinger View Post
    Well here's the final roster

    Garmin-Sharp for the 2013 Tour de France

    Jack Bauer (NZL)
    Tom Danielson (USA)
    Rohan Dennis (AUS)
    Ryder Hesjedal (CAN)
    Daniel Martin (IRL)
    David Millar (GBR)
    Ramunas Navardauskas (LIT)
    Andrew Talansky (USA)
    Christian Vande Velde (USA)
    Looks like a strong team for the GC. Who will the team ride for? I'm guessing it will be a wait-and-see.

    Anybody else surprised that Farrar won't be there? This leaves Garmin without a sprinter. Farrar looked on form this season and looked especially racy at the Tour of California. I thought he would have a good chance to mix it up with Cav, Sagan, Greipel and the rest. Maybe the team feels there aren't enough opportunities for the sprinters this year or is team Garmin just going after a good GC finish?
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    My guess is Farrar would be a liability and drain resources, when Garmin actually has five fantastic GC hopes they could turn to at any time.
    I see the decision as a good one, considering how much potential there is with those five.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
    Anybody else surprised that Farrar won't be there? This leaves Garmin without a sprinter. Farrar looked on form this season and looked especially racy at the Tour of California. I thought he would have a good chance to mix it up with Cav, Sagan, Greipel and the rest. Maybe the team feels there aren't enough opportunities for the sprinters this year or is team Garmin just going after a good GC finish?
    Yeah I'm kinda surprised. Looks to me like a serious GC effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    I see the decision as a good one, considering how much potential there is with those five.
    I agree with the selection. Tyler is a longshot to ever beat Cavendish, while Navardauskas has a decent chance for a stage win, like he did in the Giro. He will also be better support for the GC contenders, though I don't agree that there are five.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Brown View Post
    I agree with the selection. Tyler is a longshot to ever beat Cavendish,
    Not to start a whole controversy, but I think Tyler is one of the top 5 best sprinters in the world right now, and certainly the best American sprinter and I think he's always a threat to win when he's on form. He really looked on form this season to. I hope your wrong about him being kept out because Garmin doesn't believe he can beat Cav. If that's the case, all of the other sprinters might as well stay home to.

    The more likely reason is what Zinger and YMCA stated, that Garmin is really after a good GC finish this time around with no distractions, and there is nothing wrong with that, although for me, alittle interest is gone without Farrar in the bunch. It's going to be interesting to see who comes out on top out of this bunch. My heart would like to it be Vande Velde, but it will more likely be Hesjedal if he is completely recovered, and thats cool...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Brown View Post
    though I don't agree that there are five.
    straight from the horses mouth (JV), ha!


    "Potentially we have five guys that can ride for the GC and we have 'the' potential to win the race. I'm not going to say it's a large possibility; actually it's a very, very, very small possibility. But I can dream. It's two days before the race"

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    With Lotto, OPQS, Argos-Shimano, Cannondale sending their sprint trains, there would be little hope for Farrar. Garmin doesn't have the sprint train Farrar would need.

    Far better strategy they have now though I'd just as soon leave Danielson home; he's sure to crash out by stage 3. Or get sick. AGAIN.
    Last edited by bbattle; 06-27-13 at 11:04 AM.

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