Garmin-Slipstream announced six riders signed for the Pro Tour squad for 2010, headed by sprinter Robbie Hunter.
The South African joins from the soon to be defunct Barloworld squad as lead-out man for Tyler Farrar and stage winner in his own right.
Also making a move to the argyle-clad outfit is Belgian Johan Vansummeren. The tallest rider in the peloton finished fifth in this year’s Paris-Roubaix riding for Silence-Lotto and will give Garmin options for the Spring Classics.
Decidedly absent from the team’s announcement was any news of the ongoing ‘will he, won’t he’ situation regarding Bradley Wiggins and Sky. Garmin boss Jonathan Vaughters maintains the Londoner will absolutely not be leaving for the new British team, while Sky appear equally determined to land their man.
Garmin will not be unveiling a full team roster until later this year, so the rumour mill looks set to continue for some time yet.
Nationality: South African
Former team: Barloworld
2009 highlights: Giro del Trentino (stage), Giro del Capo (stage), Tour Mediterranean (stage)
Former team: Silence-Lotto
2009 highlights: Paris-Roubaix (5th)
Former team: Fuji-Servetto
2009 highlights: Tour of Langkawi (4th)
Former team: Rabobank Continental
2009 highlights: Circuit de Lorraine (stage)
Former team: Slipstream U23’s (Felt-Holowesko)
2009 highlights: Tour of Gila (2nd stage one)
Former team: Bissell
2009 highlights: US national time trial championship (2nd)