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Nine North American riders to watch in this year’s Tour de France

Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Sharp)

Los Angeles, California
The recently crowned 2012 U.S. time trial champion will undoubtedly feature in the two longer time trials of this year’s Tour de France. Zabriskie, who won the Bakersfield time trial on his way to second overall at the Amgen Tour of California in May, will not only be a key helper for Ryder Hesjedal on the flats, but will be looking to scalp the world’s best time trialists in his Captain America-themed skinsuit.

Zabriskie has won stages in all three grand tours, most famously with his defeat of Lance Armstrong in the opening time trial of the Texan’s final Tour win in 2005. One of the peloton’s quirkiest members, Zabriskie enters this year’s Tour with some of the best form of his career. The extra servings of time trial kilometers will play directly to his strengths, and America’s top rider against the clock will no doubt be at his best as he battles Bradley Wiggins (Sky), Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) and world time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) for victory in stages 9 and 19.

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The six-time U.S. professional time trial champion is among the best in the world with a pair of aero bars in his hands, and will look to add to his tally of six grand tour time trial victories this July.

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