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Garmin for the Vuelta

I don't think the team has made it official yet, but a David Millar CN diary published today details the team's trip to Holland to start the Tour of Spain. Garmin's lineup looks like this:

  • Dan Martin
  • Tom Danielson
  • Tyler Farrar
  • Julian Dean
  • David Millar
  • Ryder Hesjedal
  • Christian Meier
  • Svein Tuft
  • Martijn Maaskant
According to Millar's diary and a JV tweet earlier this week, they think this team is as competitive as the TdF team. I don't know if I buy that. Two top 10s in the GC and a handful of stage podiums is pretty good. However, if Tyler bags Garmin's first non-TTT grand tour stage win, then I guess that feat alone overrides top 10 GC placements.

 

Top 5 story lines to follow:
1. How the GT rookies fare over three weeks: Dan Martin, Christian Meier and Svein Tuft. I don't expect much from these three guys, and think making to the end is a solid accomplishment.

 

2. Tom Danielson: Returns to the race that made him.

 

3.  Tyler Farrar: Dominated Eneco, but has not fared as successfully against a full-on Columbia train, albeit one steered by Greipel

 

4. Julian Dean: I have to think he's riding for a Garmin contract. Unless he ushers Tyler to at least two stage victories, I think he is forced to find employment elsewhere.

 

5. David Millar: Is he capable of winning races anymore?
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