Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling today announced its 2015 Tour de France Roster. The team features U.S. National Time Trial Champion, Andrew Talansky (10th overall in the 2013 Tour de France); Dan Martin (2014 Lombardia Champion and 2013 Tour de France Stage Winner) and Ryder Hesjedal (2012 Giro d’Italia Champion). The three powerhouses will work together as co-leaders of the argyle squad and will be supported by a strong team including Tour veterans Jack Bauer, Kristijan Koren, Sebastian Langeveld, road captain; and Ramunas Navardauskas, 2014 Tour de France Stage winner. Dylan Van Baarle and Nathan Hass will both be riding their inaugural Tour de France.
“We are going into the Tour de France with three leaders, all who have very different riding styles, and those styles compliment each other. Andrew, Dan and Ryder have shown they work well together, and that will translate to the roads of the Tour,” said Charly Wegelius, Director Sportif. “Supporting them is a strong bunch. Ramunas showed his strength with a stage win last year, and Jack Bauer will be looking for redemption after coming so close to a win in 2014. Sebastian is our road captain and his leadership and experience will be invaluable in the wind in Holland, over the Cobbles and thought the entire race. Kristijan is skilled at moving around the peloton and helping riders maintain and keep their position. Dylan and Nathan will be riding their first Tour de France and will support and learn from the more senior riders on the team. Each rider is capable of stage wins, and working together we expect them to make the race exciting.”
“We have a very talented group of riders and by bringing three top guys: Andrew, Dan and Ryder, we’re going to make things very interesting. These three, and the team as whole, will work seamlessly and selflessly together to shake things up and create opportunities,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling. “You’ll see a lot of creativity from us at this Tour.”
The argyle squad will be racing the All-New SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD for the first time, as well as unveiling a limited edition team kit for the 2015 Tour de France, created by its innovative Italian clothing partner, Castelli. The All-New SuperSix EVO, recently launched in Kitbhuel, Austria, designed to deliver success in racing on the World Tour. The new jersey retains the distinctive Cannondale and Garmin logos, but reverse black with Cannondale’s signature shade of green. The signature Slipstream Sports argyle is prominently displayed in blue on front and back. “We’re really excited about racing the new Cannondale that the team has been testing for months and the Tour de France kit,” said Vaughters. “The bike is perfectly suited for racing the Tour and the lighter color of the new kit is perfect for hot weather and our signature argyle is more prominent.”
Cannondale, known for designing bikes that deliver a legitimate performance advantage, unveiled the completely redesigned SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD with a focus on setting a new balance power within elite race bicycles. Balancing every factor important to race performance, Cannondale has created the All-New EVO with improved stiffness, increased compliance and lighter system weight – all designed to deliver success in racing on the World Tour. “We rely on the team to be an integral part of the development process and we look forward to the new EVO being an essential part of the teams’ success at the tour.” Said Henning Schroeder, VP of Product at Cannondale.
Castelli has introduced new clothing multiple times in its history at the Tour de France. “We consider the Tour de France a very special event that deserves a special design,” said Steve Smith, Castelli Brand Manager. “This team is rider-centric, and Castelli has done its part to make sure the riders have the most comfortable and technically advanced clothing for this big event. Racing in hot weather is physically demanding, that’s a given, and despite the fact that Castelli makes some of the lightest and coolest fabrics in existence, wearing a lighter color will make a big difference, both psychologically and physically, to a rider’s well being.”
The limited edition Cannondale-Garmin Tour de France kit will be available in early July
at Castelli-dealers and shopslipstreamsports.com.