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Lars Petter Nordhaug the Norwegian joined the team this year from Sky and this will be his first appearance in the Tour having appeared in both the other Grand Tours, completing the 2011 Giro, but only managing 7 stages of the 2010 Vuelta. He's another rider who has come from another discipline in this case mountain biking. His biggest win to date was in last year's Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.
Finally Maarten Wynarts the second Belgian on this squad. He has shown that he likes to go on the attack. In 2010 he was awarded the compative prize for doing just that on the first stage, going in the first km and not being captured until the last 10. This will be his fifth Grand Tour start and the third in the Tour.
* Boom has actually been national cyclo-cross champion in his age grouping every year since 2001.