Tejay van Garderen
Date of Birth: August 12, 1988
Weight: 148 lbs./67 kg./10.6 st.
Place of Birth: Tacoma, Wash.
Hometown: Bozeman, Montana
Residence: Boulder, Colo.
Teams: BMC Racing Team (2012), HTC Highroad (2011), Team Columbia-HTC (2010), Rabobank Continental (2008-09), VMG Racing/USA National Team (2007)
Olympic Experience/UCI World Championships Results
- 2009 U23 Road World Championships, 13th place, time trial; Mendrisio, Switzerland
- 2008 U23 Road World Championships, 24th place, road race; Varese, Italy
National Championship Experience
- 4th place — 2011 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships, Greenville, South Carolina, Road Race
- Junior National Time Trial Champion, 2006, Champion, Pennsylvania
- Junior National Criterium Champion, 2005, Park City, Utah
- Junior National Time Trial Champion, 2004, Park City, Utah
- Junior National Cyclo-cross Champion, 2002, Napa, California
- Total 10-time junior national champion
- 4th place — 2012 Amgen Tour of California, overall
- 1st place, Best Young Rider classification — 2012 Paris-Nice
- 3rd place — 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado, general classification
- 2nd place — 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado, stage 2
- 2nd place - 2011 Tour de Suisse, prologue
- 1st place — 2010 Vuelta a Espana, Stage 1 (TTT)
- 1st place — 2009 Tour du Haut Anjou, overall
- 1st place — 2009 Olympia's Tour, Stage 1 TTT and stage 5
- 1st place — 2008 Tour de l'Avenir, Stage 9
- 2nd place — 2008 Fleche du Sud, Stage 2 and overall
Points of Interest
- Tejay considers his best strength to be his day-to-day recovery, which makes him ideally suited for the punishing rigor of stage racing, where he shines.
- The young superstar wore the kind of the mountain jersey at the 2011 Tour de France at only age 22.
- He won no less than 10 junior national titles in both road racing and cyclo-cross.
Montana is a tough place to start out as a 10-year-old bike racer, thanks to a limited number of similar-age competitors. That didn't deter Tejay van Garderen from showing up at races and trying his best against bigger, stronger rivals who had the experience of age as well as the accompanying physical advantages. He hit the ground all the time but he persevered, which attracted admiration from the local community. Visionary sponsors emerged and showed their support by providing equipment to young Tejay, who was clearly on his way up, literally.
As a 14-year-old, he came close to beating a time of two hours for the Mount Evans hill climb, a 28-mile climb of nearly 7,000 feet. Soon after that he started notching national titles as a junior in both road and cyclo-cross and continued to score the Stars-and-Stripes jersey as a U23 racer.
As talented as he was dedicated, Tejay was an obvious pick for USA Cycling's National Development Program and off he went to Izegem, Belgium, where USA Cycling's European base affords program members opportunities to race at the sport's highest level.
He started his first major race at age 18 in the 2007 Tour of California as a part of the national team but pulled out on stage 4. Throughout 2007, he rode less in the U.S. and more in Europe, which led to a spot on the Dutch Rabobank Continental team for the 2008-09 seasons. The son of a Dutch immigrant, Tejay agreed that having a name like van Garderen didn't hurt, but more likely a recommendation from the national U23 coach to one of Rabobank's team managers sealed the deal.
He underscored his time with Rabobank by capturing a variety of significant finishes, including winning a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir, and a pair of second places in the Flèche du Sud and Circuito Montañes, respectively. He since moved into the sport's top tier, the Pro Team level, with American teams HTC-Highroad and the BMC Racing Team. The younster mmediately made his mark with top finishes at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Tour of California, among others.