Tejay van Garderen beat Romain Bardet by only two seconds due to a puncture which moved van Garderen up to 5th place overall. “I saw that Bardet had a mechanical out there so I feel pretty bad for him,” he said. “But I think everyone throughout this Tour has had their share of bad luck. I guess it comes with the territory." van Garderen has come in fifth place in two editions of the Tour de France now, but feels he's still got lots of time: “I feel like I have grown a lot as a rider,” he said, when asked to compare the two fifth places. “I think the course in 2012 suited me much better than this course. This year I definitely had my share of bad luck and misfortune. I was able to fight through it, so I am really, really proud of me and my team and what we did.”

    I have not hear about Tejay Van Garderen before this tour. Now he is the third overall guy, even better than AC, Nibali and Quintana. Come on, the big movie is unfolding.

    • Samaway

      Tejay rode in the HTC-Highroad leadout train for a couple years, including those which saw Cavendish win 5 stages in one Tour. He then moved to BMC, largely playing second fiddle to Cadel (until the latter’s retirement). Tejay has had a number of excellent GC performances over the years (especially in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado), though has often had one bad day at Grand Tours to derail his GC efforts. If he can become more consistent in longer stage races, Tejay has a promising future as a strong climber and even better time trialist.

      • WANG RAN

        Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to his best performance.

    • Drew

      Don’t be so quick to judge. He has been on the podium in smaller races and won the US Pro Challange the last year or two. Just this past month he was 2nd in the Dauphine to Froome and held the leaders jersey for a while.

      He also has 2 top 5 finished in the tdf to he credit and won the best young riders jersey once. The guy is an excellent time trialist and a solid climber.

  • Tom Wells

    I feel like I should like Tejay, but I just don’t. I don’t know why.

  • Team BMC should do some damage in the TTT and I wouldn’t be surprised to see TvG in Yellow after the rest day. Will he hold it? Froome showed at the Dauphiné that TvG can’t match his accelerations up a steep hill, but it’s been a wild tour so anything can happen


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