Tour de France: David Millar and Dan Martin named in 'unconventional' Garmin-Sharp team
Britain's David Millar and Ireland's Dan Martin have been named in Garmin-Sharp's Tour de France team.
Last Updated: 26/06/13 4:51pm
Millar, 36, has won four individual stages at the Tour and could look to add to that haul in the race's 100th edition, while Martin, 26, has enjoyed a breakthrough season, winning the Volta a Catalunya and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and could step into the role of team leader should he fare well in the opening stages.
Former Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal and promising young American Andrew Talansky are also candidates for the leadership of Garmin-Sharp, and manager Jonathan Vaughters hopes their three-pronged assault could help the team provide a shock in the race.
"We have a deep team with a lot of options," Vaughters said. "Our goal is to animate the race and with an aggressive strategy, we will aim to place high in the general classification.
"We have a few guys capable of achieving that. Ryder has won a Grand Tour and placed in the top ten of the Tour de France; Andrew is young and while it is his first Tour de France, he is coming off a great season; and Dan Martin is having a breakout year with his wins in Catalunya and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
"We will protect our best GC [general classification] options and see how the race shakes out. Our approach is a little unconventional, but we have managed to come up with surprises every year at the Tour and we are hoping for the same as we head into Corsica."
Millar won stage 12 of last year's Tour, adding to his victories on stage one in 2000, stage 13 in 2002 and stage 20 in 2003. He was also part of the Garmin-Cervelo team that won the team time trial in 2011.
Vaughters's teams have a history of producing a wildcard to challenge for top honours, including the 2012 champion Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Wiggins finished fourth - elevated to third when Lance Armstrong's results were annulled - in the 2009 Tour before moving to Team Sky.
Garmin-Sharp team: Andrew Talansky (USA), Christian Vande Velde (USA), Dan Martin (Ire), David Millar (GB), Jack Bauer (NZ), Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit), Rohan Dennis (Aus), Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Tom Danielson (USA).