Tejay van Garderen takes aim at one of his primary objectives when he leads a BMC Racing Team at the Amgen Tour of California that includes reigning world road champion Philippe Gilbert, who will race in the United States for the first time.
Strong Team Around Him
Van Garderen has been training at his Boulder, Colo., home while helping his wife, Jessica, care for their newborn daughter, Rylan, born April 7. “I have had to be flexible with the weather and with the new addition to our family, but I feel like I have gotten good work in and I am ready to race,” he said. Already runner-up at the Tour de San Luis, third at Critérium International and fourth at Paris-Nice, van Garderen said he likes the line-up to support him in the eight-day race that starts Sunday in Escondido and travels north to finish in Santa Rosa, home to the BMC Racing Team. “To win, you need a strong team and I think we have the strongest on the flats with guys like Philippe, Thor Hushovd and Michael Schär and on the climbs with Mathias Frank, Amaël Moinard and Marco Pinotti,” he said. “We also have Brent Bookwalter, who can fill both of those roles.” BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the race will be difficult, particularly the Stage 6 individual time trial that finishes with a three-kilometer climb. “The whole team is dedicated and devoted to helping Tejay on the general classification, but we will also look to win some stages if we can,” he said.
Download the BMC Racing Team race sheet (PDF with roster, bios, statistics):
Amgen Tour of California (May 12-19):
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Mathias Frank (SUI), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Tejay van Garderen (USA).
Jim Ochowicz (USA)
John Lelangue (BEL)
Jackson Stewart (USA)
Eric Heiden (USA)