Tejay van Garderen
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Date of birth: August 12, 1988
Team: EF Education First
Tejay van Garderen is an American rider for BMC Racing, and is best known for his time trialing and climbing ability.
Tejay van Garderen: career to date
After placing fifth in the 2012 and 2014 editions of the Tour de France, van Garderen was considered one of America's strongest grand tour contenders.
As a junior rider, van Garderen won national titles in nearly every discipline away from the track, taking time trial, criterium, road race and cyclocross crowns.
A professional career came calling at the age of 19 in 2008, when he joined the Rabobank Continental Team and won a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir that year.
The WorldTour then beckoned, with HTC-Columbia taking on van Garderen in 2010, where he mainly played a support role to more senior riders. When he was given his chance to lead though, he showed his talent, taking third place at the 2010 Critérium du Dauphiné.
After HTC ceased to exist, van Garderen moved on to BMC in 2012, showing good form in that year's Paris-Nice before he first showed signs that he could be a Tour contender after claiming the best young rider classification in the 2012 race, which was won by Bradley Wiggins.
The following year he only achieved 45th position after winning the Tour of California, but returned in 2014 and once again finished fifth.
After the retirement of 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans from the BMC Racing team, the way was clear for van Garderen to assume full team leadership at the 2015 Tour. A second place finish at the Dauphiné behind Chris Froome (Team Sky) bode well for his chances, and he rode well in the opening week, with BMC taking the team time trial stage victory.
However, an untimely illness saw van Garderen forced to withdraw on stage 17 while in third position overall.
Unfortunately 2016 was another disappointing year for the van Garderen, as he again fell ill at the Tour de France, winding up finishing 29th overall.
He also performed poorly at the Vuelta a España, apparently putting little effort into the race, eventually abandoning on stage 17 while sitting 95th overall.
Kicking off the 2017 season, van Garderen was expected to lead BMC racing at the Giro d'Italia, leaving conquest of the Tour de France with Porte. However, the team's initial plan showed van Gardern sharing the responsibility with Rohan Dennis.
Things changed after Stage 3 saw the Australian teammate lose five minutes following a hefty crash. Van Gaderen took on the mantle solo, winning stage 18 and finishing 20th overall.
He later said he was keen to make another attempt on a Grand Tour GC soon.
He moved to EF Education First in 2019. He had a stellar performance at the Critérium du Dauphiné, finishing 2nd overall. He also finished 9th overall at the Tour of California.
2020 should see him set his eyes on a solid result at the Giro and the Tour.
Tejay van Garderen's 2012 Tour de France white jersey bike has been stolen
Thieves also took a bike gifted to him by his wife for their five-year anniversary
Tejay van Garderen to become sports director at EF Education-Nippo in 2022
The American will start learning the ropes as soon as the 2021 Vuelta a España, where he will shadow support staff in Spain
By Jonny Long Published
Tejay van Garderen to retire after US National Championships this weekend
Twice a finisher in the top-five of the Tour de France, the American is bowing out of the sport aged 32
By Chris Marshall-Bell Published
'It’s all about taking risks...sometimes you can pay': Tejay van Garderen set to continue Romandie after prologue crash
American Tejay van Garderen fell heavily early in the short opening Prologue of the Tour de Romandie, but only suffered 'superficial' injuries
By Jeffrey Stern Published
Which North American riders will take to the Giro d'Italia start line?
We take a look at the eight riders to line-up in Italy from Canada and the United States
By Jeffrey Stern Published
Tejay van Garderen: Criticism over Lance Armstrong link was not unexpected
BMC rider Tejay van Garderen says he wasn't trying to court controversy by working with Lance Armstrong
By Stuart Clarke Published
Tejay van Garderen defends links to Lance Armstrong
BMC rider Tejay van Garderen says it's unfair to have double standards when it comes to Lance Armstrong as there are many others in the sport with chequered pasts
By Stuart Clarke Published
Tejay van Garderen set to defend USA Pro Challenge title
Colorado local to face tough competition in mountainous 'home' race
By Cycling Weekly Published
Tejay van Garderen battered but upbeat after crash-marred Vuelta a España stage
Two crashes saw American Tejay van Garderen lose his second place overall in the Vuelta a España, but he says that his injuries are minor and he'll fight on
By Gregor Brown Published
Tejay van Garderen to play support role for Rigoberto Uran at Tour de France 2019
A strong performance and second place finish at the Critérium du Dauphiné was not enough for the American to take dual leadership duties
By Paul Knott Published