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by Shane Stokes
March 1, 2018
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Encouraged by his fine third place overall in his season-opening Volta ao Algarve, American stage-race specialist Tejay van Garderen is preparing himself for his next big spring objective.
“Volta ao Algarve was a good form builder and confidence booster,” the BMC Racing Team rider said. “To be able to nab a podium result was a good way to start the season as well as a chance to learn what I needed to address in training heading into Paris-Nice. I’ve done some more work on the time trial bike in preparation for stage four.”
Paris-Nice begins this coming season and van Garderen wants to make it a more successful campaign than his previous one. “The last time I raced Paris-Nice was in 2015 where I had a disastrous day in the cold, so hopefully we can learn from that and correct the mistakes from the past and make a solid push for a high General Classification result. With the strength, experience, and motivation BMC Racing Team is bringing to Paris Nice we shouldn’t be satisfied with anything less than a top result.”
He will be joined by Nicolas Roche, Simon Gerrans, Dylan Teuns, Jurgen Roelandts, Alessandro de Marchi and Jempy Drucker. It’s a strong lineup, and Directeur sportif Fabio Baldato is optimistic. “Tejay van Garderen is our outright leader at Paris-Nice and after a strong performance at Volta ao Algarve, I think he can produce another good result in France,” he said. “Having lived in Nice, Tejay is familiar with the climbs on the final two days and he will have good climbing support with Nicolas Roche, Dylan Teuns, and Alessandro de Marchi.
“For the flat stages, Jempy Drucker, Simon Gerrans, and Jürgen Roelandts are excellent riders to have around Tejay, so we have a well-balanced team lining up.”