BMC Racing Team’s Tejay van Garderen clocked the third-best time in the Stage 2 individual time trial Saturday at Critérium International and sits third overall and wearing the best young rider jersey heading into Sunday’s final stage.
One Second Off The Lead
Van Garderen was one second off the winning time of 9:10 by Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) and tied on time with runner-up Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) on the technical, 7.0-kilometer course. Saturday morning’s opening stage of the two-day race was won by Theo Bos (Blanco Pro Cycling Team). Sunday’s 176.0 km final stage features six categorized climbs, including a mountain-top finish that van Garderen said should favor him. “We go into tomorrow trying to figure out a way to win this race,” he said. “I’ve studied the last climb a little bit and we saw the first part of it in training the other day. It looks like a nice climb, steady, and not too steep. It looks like it suits me pretty well. I’m going to try to do what I can.” Defending champion Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team finished 74th in the time trial, 45 seconds off the winning time. “Cadel is a big champion, so he will have good motivation to help Tejay and the team tomorrow,” BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said.
Listen to van Garderen’s complete comments on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line: