David Millar made his mark as the youngest yellow jersey wearer ever in the Tour de France. In 2000, he beat Lance Armstrong in stage one of the Tour de France. After serving a two-year suspension, David has become one of cycling’s leading spokesmen for anti-doping and a member of the World Anti Doping Association (WADA). He rode the Giro d’Italia for the first time in 2008, helping lead the team to victory in the opening team time trial.
He continues to be one of the sports leading time trialists, winning a silver at the 2010 UCI world championships, a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games time trial, as well as leading the team time trial and best overall team win at the 2011 Tour de France followed up with a stage victory at the 2012 Tour.
Ryder “Weight-of-a-Nation” Hesjedal rode himself into the top tier of cycling in 2010. After team leader Vande Velde was out of the Tour de France with an early crash, the Canadian rose to the challenge to take up the GC fight, claiming seventh overall in biggest race in the world. This following a win in the final stage of the Tour of California, a second in the Amstel Gold race and two top-fives on home soil in the Quebec ProTour races.
Ryder was a key part of the 2011 Tour de France team time trial and overall team victories. In 2012 Hesjedal ascended into cycling history becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour with his victory at the Giro d’Italia, and looks to defend that title and more in 2013.
2009 was a break-through season for Tyler, notching major field sprint wins in major European races like Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour of Benelux and the Vattenfall Cyclassics. His 2009 season culminated with a first sprint win in a Grand Tour at the Vuelta a España, winning the sprint on stage 11. Farrar is quickly becoming the known as the ‘fastest American racer’ and is backing it up. In 2010 Farrar won two sprint stages of the Giro d’Italia and two sprint stages of the Vuelta a España, along with one-day and stage race wins. In 2011 he took his first Tour de France stage win elevating him to elite company as a winner of stages in all three Grand Tours. This contributed to the team’s overall win at that Tour de France.
For 2013 Farrar will be focusing on more Grand Tour sprint wins, including the Tour de France.
A new addition to the Garmin-Sharp team for 2013 is Classics specialist Nick Nuyens. A professional since 2003 the Belgian has many impressive wins over the years in one-day races and semi-Classics such as Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne, Omloop Het Volk and Paris–Brussels. But his biggest win-to-date came in 2011 at the prestigious Tour of Flanders, a race he had dreamed of winning since his childhood.
Nuyens will add a lot of firepower to the team for the 2013 spring campaign as well as providing veteran advice to the younger riders.
Former Irish national road champion Dan Martin turned professional in 2008 with the argyle armada and had a breakout year as a neo-pro. Besides winning the national road championships, Martin won the prestigious Route du Sud and won a stage of the Vuelta a España. In 2011 he won a Grand Tour stage in the Vuelta a España and took the KOM jersey at the 2012 Tour of Beijing.
Nephew of Irish cycling great Stephen Roche, he is an accomplished climber and continues to improve his time trial skills to become an all-around talent, evident by his 2013 overall win at the Volta Catalunya and his first Classics win at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
American Andrew Talansky is one of the leaders of the next generation of cycling. The 2010 U23 U.S. time trial champion broke out in 2011 taking the best young rider jersey at the Tour of Romandie. But he made his mark on the stage racing scene in 2012 with his overall win at the Tour de l’Ain, second place at the Tour of Romandie and top-ten in his first Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España.
Talansky will continue to further develop his skills in 2013 with an eye towards stage races and Grand Tours — which has already resulted in winning the best young rider jersey at Paris-Nice.