Van Garderen aims high at the Dauphiné


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Beside the trio of hot favorites composed of Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali, Tejay van Garderen is the underdog of the Dauphiné starting in Lyon this Sunday with a 10.4km time trial on a distance that is very much his taste.

After a very convincing early part of the season [second in the Tour of Oman, third in the Tour of Catalunya], the 25-year-old, through illness and injury, has raced less than previous years in the lead-up to the Tour de France as he was forced to withdraw from the Tour of Romandie via injury in the late April.
“Since then, I've trained well and I can simulate racing pretty well in training”, said the American from BMC Racing who embarked on Tour de France course reconnaissance last month. “My last completed, hard stage race was Pays Basque (sixth) in April, so it was a long time ago but I'm not going to go to the Dauphine with expectations to just win it easily or anything like that, especially considering the competition. We want to treat it as a dress rehearsal for the Tour de France. I'll definitely be going for as high a GC place as possible and try to test my limits and the team, making sure we are all working well together.”

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