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By Charles Pelkey
The Garmin-Slipstream team announced on Thursday that Martijn Maaskant will replace injured Irish rider Dan Martin on its Tour de France roster.
Martin, who has been suffering from tendinitis in his knee, concluded that he would be unable to ride the upcoming three-week race, leaving a gap on the team’s roster, which will now be filled with Maaskant.
The team said that Martin had been working closely with Garmin’s medical staff to resolve the issue but finally concluded that competing in the Tour posed too great a threat to his long-term prospects.
“Dan is an immense talent that we don’t want to risk injuring by pushing him into the Tour with tendonitis,” team manager Jonathan Vaughters told VeloNews. “I’m sure he’ll be great in the Vuelta.”
The Tour begins Saturday with a 15.5-kilometer individual time trial in Monaco.