Tejay van Garderen confident he can be a Tour de France contender

“I haven’t really spoken with Cadel. He’s been busy with his own programme racing the Giro." - Tejay van Garderen

Tejay Van Garderen wins stage four of the 2014 Tour of Catalonia

(Image credit: Watson)

Tejay van Garderen doesn’t have overly fond memories of last year’s Tour de France but stands to benefit from wholesale internal changes that a lacklustre team performance there provoked.

The American is set to essentially succeed 2011 champion Cadel Evans as BMC leader at the Tour next month and will approach the Criterium du Dauphine, which starts Sunday, as a dress rehearsal. Van Garderen has had a mixed season but is confident he can perform at the Dauphine and as a Tour de France contender in July.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.