Tejay van Garderen

Tejay van Garderen (born August 12, 1988) is an American professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education–Nippo.[5] During the season, he lives in Girona, Catalonia, Spain.[6]

Tejay van Garderen
Tejay van Garderen, Paris-Nice 2013 (cropped).jpg
Van Garderen at the 2013 Paris–Nice
Personal information
Full nameTejay van Garderen
Born (1988-08-12) August 12, 1988 (age 32)
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11 st 5 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamEF Education–Nippo
Rider type
  • Climber
  • Time trialist
Amateur teams
2004–2005Rio Grande (Fort Collins, CO)
2005–2006Team 5280 (Boulder, CO)
2007VMG Racing
Professional teams
2008–2009Rabobank Continental Team
2010–2011Team HTC–Columbia
2012–2018BMC Racing Team[2]
2019–EF Education First[3][4]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Young rider classification (2012)
2 TTT stages (2015, 2018)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2017)
Vuelta a España
3 TTT stages (2010, 2015, 2017)

Stage races

Tour of California (2013)
USA Pro Cycling Challenge (2013, 2014)

Early lifeEdit

Van Garderen was born in Tacoma, Washington, but spent most of his childhood in Bozeman, Montana. His father is Dutch, and he speaks the Dutch language quite well.[7] He began riding at 10, and by 14, he nearly beat two hours at the Mount Evans Hill Climb, a 28-mile (45-kilometre) climb gaining nearly 7,000 feet (2,100 metres).[8] He won 10 junior national titles on the roads and in cyclo-cross.[9] Two of his early teams were the Team Rio Grande Racing developmental squad (2004–2005; Fort Collins, Colorado)[10] and Team 5280 Magazine developmental squad (2005–2006, once part of Garmin–Cervélo; Boulder, Colorado).[11]


Under-23 years (2007–2009)Edit

Van Garderen's first big senior race was at age 18 in the 2007 Tour of California as a part of the national team. He pulled out on stage 4.[12] He rode in the U.S. and Europe in 2007 and came 20th in the Tour de l'Avenir.

Van Garderen joined the Rabobank Continental Team in 2008. He lived in the Netherlands and came second in the Flèche du Sud and Circuito Montañés. He won a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir and came 24th in the under-23 race at the UCI Road World Championships in Varese, Italy.

Van Garderen joined Team HTC–Columbia the following year.[13]

HTC–Columbia (2010–2011)Edit

Van Garderen at the 2011 Tour de France


Van Garderen came to a team with most wins in 2009 thanks to prolific sprinters Mark Cavendish and André Greipel. He finished 9th in his first stage race, the Volta ao Algarve, climbing to 5th place on the third stage to the Alto do Malhão summit. In the Tour of Turkey, he came second on two stages and second overall, 29 seconds behind Giovanni Visconti. Van Garderen supported leader Michael Rogers over the 6th and 8th stages of the Tour of California; he finished 28th overall and Rogers won. Van Garderen started the Critérium du Dauphiné as joint leader of Team HTC–Columbia with Kanstantsin Sivtsov and Peter Velits. After nearly upsetting Alberto Contador in the prologue, he came 4th in the Stage 3 time trial to move to 2nd overall. He lost time on mountain stages and finished 3rd. Van Garderen rode a strong Vuelta a España with having a very strong first 2 weeks of the race. His level of performance dropped after that but was still a valuable domestique to Velits, who went on to third place overall in the race.


In 2011, van Garderen got second place on stage 3 of the Volta ao Algarve[14] and second place in the opening time trial in the Tour de Suisse, behind Fabian Cancellara of Leopard Trek.[15] His strong showing in the Tour of California also earned him the best young rider jersey. He was chosen to be a part of the Tour de France squad. This was van Garderen's first Tour de France and he was riding in support of Tony Martin and Peter Velits.[16] In stage 8, van Garderen won enough points on a Category 2 climb to earn a King of the Mountains jersey and Most Aggressive Rider honors. He was the first American to wear the King of the Mountains jersey in the history of the Tour de France – Greg LeMond briefly led the mountains classification during the 1986 Tour de France, but since he was also the overall leader at the time, he did not wear the mountains jersey. During his dramatic stage 8 ride, he was referred to as the "Bozeman Boss" by commentator Phil Liggett.[17] He would finish in 82nd place. At the Tour of Utah, Van Garderen won the third stage time trial.[18]

BMC Racing Team (2012–2018)Edit


Van Garderen, wearing the white jersey as leader of the young rider classification, during the stage nineteen individual time trial of the 2012 Tour de France.

After HTC–Highroad was disbanded, Van Garderen joined BMC Racing Team along with his HTC–Highroad team-mate Marco Pinotti.[2] Van Garderen won the young rider's jersey at Paris–Nice in early March,[19] having held the jersey for the entire race. Van Garderen was selected for the Tour de France as one of the main domestiques for defending champion Cadel Evans. He enjoyed a strong first week, coming fourth in the prologue and wearing the white jersey – for the best-placed rider aged 25 or under in the general classification – until stage 7, where he lost time on the first summit finish of the Tour. He regained the jersey with fourth place on Stage 9, an individual time trial. On Stage 11, Van Garderen attempted to help Evans in an unsuccessful long range attack by breaking away from the yellow jersey group minutes before his leader did, but the attempt orchestrated by BMC Racing Team was foiled. He proved stronger than Evans on that day, pacing his leader up the final climb. He would go on to finish in fifth place overall while becoming the third American to win the young rider classification, after Greg LeMond in 1984 and Andrew Hampsten in 1986. In August, Van Garderen finished second in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge behind Christian Vande Velde (Garmin–Sharp).[20] He had previously won the second stage of the race in a two-man sprint with Vande Velde, earning the yellow jersey in the process.[21] He surrendered the jersey to his fellow countryman the next day, took it back on stage 4 and lost it on stage 6.


Van Garderen at the 2013 Tour of California

Van Garderen opened his 2013 campaign with the Tour de San Luis, where he finished second in the overall standings. He also showed strong appearances as the European cycling season opened in March, finishing Paris–Nice in fourth,[22] and Critérium International in third place.[23] In May, Van Garderen won the first major stage race of his career, the Tour of California.[24] He performed well in all the key stages, coming in second at stage two's hilltop finish,[25] then winning the individual time trial on stage 6.[26] He topped it off by defending the lead on stage 7, a mountaintop finish to Mount Diablo.[27] He somewhat lacked form at the Tour de France, finishing in 45th position.[28] He then went on to win the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which included a lot of high altitude racing across Colorado.[29]


In 2014, van Garderen finished fifth in the Tour de France.[30]


In 2015, van Garderen started his season at the Tour of Oman, where he took second place behind Rafael Valls.[31] He earned his first victory of the year on the fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya, which was the queen stage. However, he was too far down in the overall standings to affect the general classification.[32] In June, he rode the Critérium du Dauphiné as a preparation for the Tour de France. He battled with Chris Froome who edged him in the overall classification by ten seconds and finished second.[33] In spite of a strong first two weeks,[34] he abandoned the Tour de France during Stage 17 due to illness a day after the second rest day. At the time of his abandon, he was in third place overall.[35]


He chose to not attend the 2016 Summer Olympics over concerns of the zika virus.

He was named in the start list for the 2017 Giro d'Italia.[36] He won stage 18,[37] marking his first stage victory in a Grand Tour. His 2017 Vuelta a España got off to a good start with the BMC Racing Team winning the opening stage, a team time trial. Van Garderen ultimately recorded a 10th-place finish in the general classification, his third top-ten finish at a Grand Tour.

During the 2018 Tour de France he was involved in a rare tie for the Yellow Jersey following a team time trial, which Team BMC won. As there had not yet been an individual time trial to measure rider times to a 1,000th of a second his teammate Greg Van Avermaet was awarded the overall race lead due to his higher finishes within the peloton during the previous stages.[38]

EF Education First (2019–present)Edit

Van Garderen moved to EF Education First for the 2019 season. At the Tour of California, he wore the leader's jersey for a few stages and finished 9th. He then performed well in the Critérium du Dauphiné finishing on the podium in 2nd place overall.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, van Garderen intended to target the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2020.[39]

Major resultsEdit

National Junior Road Championships
2nd Road race
3rd Time trial
1st   Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
1st Stage 5 (TTT) Volta a Lleida
2nd Overall Flèche du Sud
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Circuito Montañés
4th Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
1st Stage 4
8th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stage 9
1st   Overall Tour du Haut-Anjou
1st   Overall Circuito Montañés
2nd Overall Tour des Pays de Savoie
2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
3rd Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
3rd Overall Olympia's Tour
1st Prologue (TTT) & Stage 5
6th Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
7th De Vlaamse Pijl
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
2nd Overall Tour of Turkey
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
4th Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st   Young rider classification
9th Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 3 (ITT) Tour of Utah
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
3rd Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st   Young rider classification
5th Overall Tour of California
1st   Young rider classification
Tour de France
  Combativity award Stage 8
Held   after Stage 8
UCI Road World Championships
2nd   Team time trial
4th Time trial
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Stage 2
4th Overall Tour of California
5th Overall Tour de France
1st   Young rider classification
5th Overall Paris–Nice
1st   Young rider classification
7th Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st   Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 6 (ITT)
1st   Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour de San Luis
3rd Overall Critérium International
1st   Young rider classification
4th Overall Paris–Nice
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st   Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
1st   Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Stages 3 & 6 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
3rd Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 4
5th Overall Tour de France
6th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 9 (TTT) Tour de France
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
1st Stage 4 Volta a Catalunya
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 3 (TTT)
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
6th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 7
7th Vuelta a Murcia
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 18 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd   Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
10th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
1st Prologue Tour of Utah
1st Stage 3 (TTT) Tour de France
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour de Suisse
2nd Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
3rd   Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
3rd Overall Volta ao Algarve
8th Tour du Finistère
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
9th Overall Tour of California
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour Colombia
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Giro d'Italia 20 84
  Tour de France 82 5 45 5 DNF 29 32 DNF 91
  Vuelta a España 35 DNF DNF 10 DNF 113
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Paris–Nice 31 5 4 DNF 16 DNF 19 DNF
  Tirreno–Adriatico 25 21
  Volta a Catalunya 62 DNF 3 30 5 5 17 DNF NH 70
  Tour of the Basque Country 65 DNF 6 11
  Tour de Romandie DNF DNF 10 6 45 57
  Critérium du Dauphiné 3 14 13 2 2 82
  Tour de Suisse 11 7 6 35 37 NH
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
NH Not held


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