Tejay van Garderen

Nationality: American
Date of birth: August 12, 1988
Height: 185cm
Weight: 70kg
Team: BMC Racing
Twitter: @tejay_van

Tejay van Garderen will get the full backing of BMC Racing at the Tour de France this year in the hope the American can reproduce the form he showed in 2012. With Cadel Evans being moved sideways to the Giro d’Italia this year, van Garderen will have to prove he is worth the support of one of the richest teams in the peloton.

His performances this year have been solid, rather than spectacular, and the young American still lacks that killer blow that a genuine Tour challenger needs. He can time trial, and climb well, and if he gets it right, could realistically challenge for a podium spot in Paris this year.

Major results: 2013 Tour of California