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

Tejay van Garderen is currently America’s strongest Grand Tour contender, having placed fifth in the 2012 and 2014 editions of the Tour de France.

Van Garderen first showed signs that he could be a Tour contender after claiming the best young rider classification in the 2012 race. The following year he only achieved 45th position after winning the Tour of California, but returned in 2014 and once again finished fifth.

After the retirement of 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans from the BMC Racing team, the way was clear for van Garderen to assume full team leadership at the 2015 Tour. He rode well in the opening week, with BMC taking the team time trial stage victory. However, an untimely illness saw van Garderen forced to withdraw on stage 17 while in third position overall.

His 2013 Tour of California victory remains his biggest win to date, but a string of top placings over the past few years in races such as Critérium du Dauphiné, Volta a Catalunya, Tour de Suisse and Tour of Oman point to a major victory being just a matter of time.

Major results: 2013 Tour of California

Tejay Van Garderen looks relaxed before the start of Stage 8 of the 2015 Criterium du Dauphine

Having abandoned the Tour de France on stage 17, Tejay van Garderen has turned his attentions to the Vuelta a España, starting on August 22. It will be van Garderen’s…


Tejay van Garderen, who sat third in the general classification, has pulled out of the Tour de France after struggling on stage 17. The BMC leader lost time almost from…