The Big Four becomes The Big Five as Tejay van Garderen enters the fray

An impressive first week at the Tour de France sees the 26-year-old American insist he should be on an equal billing with Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali. With his performances so far, and his second place on GC, it's hard to disagree.

Tejay Van Garderen during the Team Presentation of the 2015 Tour de France

(Image credit: Watson)

Waking up on the Tour’s first rest day in Pau sitting pretty in second place, Tejay van Garderen is now a genuine Tour de France contender. The young American hasn’t put a foot wrong through the opening nine stages and trails Sky’s Chris Froome by just 12 seconds.

Froome himself has said the BMC leader is currently his biggest rival, and van Garderen has admitted to being ‘irritated’ by his exclusion from The Big Four - the group of pre-race favourites that includes Froome, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.