The CW Tour de France podcast, stage nine: Tejay in contention

Each day the travelling Cycling Weekly team will be discussing the events from day’s stage as they follow the 2015 Tour de France.

Before this year’s Tour there was thing that everyone was agreed upon: the winner of the race would come from the quartet of Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). Before long they’d become enshrined as the Fab Four and no-one considered that their dominance could be challenged.

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Did we say no-one? Fact is, comments on the Cycling Weekly Facebook page often suggested a fifth contender: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing). We shrugged and put it down to North Americans getting over-excited ahead of the big race… and yet, here we are at the first rest day of the Tour, and van Garderen is undeniably well-placed. The supremacy of that Fab Four doesn’t look quite so watertight.

There’s still all to play for as the race moves into the Pyrenees this week and the Alps next, but one thing is for sure: as Astana continue to struggle, van Garderen looks like Ringo Starr to Nibali’s Pete Best. It’s a long and winding road to Paris, but tomorrow never knows…

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