|Team Name: Team Garmin-Sharp |
Country: United States
Team Website: www.slipstreamsports.com
2013 Roster: 30 riders
Bikes Used: Cervelo
AboutTeam Garmin-Sharp, a top pro American team dedicated to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions, was originally founded as a development squad by CEO Jonathan Vaughters. Over the years the team has evolved from a group of promising U.S. riders to one of the top teams in the pro peloton, all while staying true to its roots.
The team earned its first grand tour stage win with a team time trial victory in the 2008 Giro d’Italia. Their success has increased since then and 2011 and 2012 were banner years. In 2011 the team won the Team Classification and four stages at the Tour de France (including the Team Time Trial) and held the yellow jersey for several stages. The team also won the 2011 edition of monument Paris-Roubaix. The team won its first Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, in 2012 – a year that also featured winning the Team Time Trial there along with the overall Team Classification. 2012 also brought a stage win at the Tour de France and an overall victory at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Team Garmin-Sharp has kicked off 2013 with young American Andrew Talansky winning Stage 2 of Paris-Nice and taking the leader's jersey.
The team, which raced in the Amgen Tour of California since its inception, has become a perennial contender as well as a key animator on the road. They’ve been on the final podium in nearly all editions with David Zabriskie and Tom Danielson coming in in second and third overall in 2012, David Zabriskie coming second in 2009 and 2010, Tom Danielson coming in third in 2011 and David Millar and Christian Vande Velde second and third respectively in 2008. They also won the team classification in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Team Garmin-Sharp is owned and managed by Slipstream Sports, LLC, a sports management company.