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Tejay van Garderen (left) joined Chris Froome (center) and Rigoberto Uran on the final podium. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Tejay van Garderen (left) joined Chris Froome (center) and Rigoberto Uran on the final podium. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Van Garderen Runner-Up At Tour Of Oman

23. February 2014

Tejay van Garderen continued the BMC Racing Team's string of early-season successes Sunday with a runner-up placing to Chris Froome (Team Sky) at the Tour of Oman.

The Hardest Day
Van Garderen finished second to Froome Saturday on the race's uphill finish on Green Mountain and the 26-second margin between the two after that stage stayed the same as André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won the bunch sprint that capped the race. Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) finished third overall, 31 seconds back. Van Garderen, who was making his season debut and first career appearance in Oman, said the 146.5-kilometer final stage was the most challenging. "It was a hard start and a big group got away, which kind of put Sky under a little pressure," he said. "Me and a couple other GC (general classification) guys were in there. Then, Greg Van Avermaet got in a break. Then Orica-GreenEDGE, for whatever reason, wasn't happy with it. So they pulled it back. It seemed like big groups kept going and going. Finally it settled down and was pretty straightforward into the finish. But in my opinion, it was definitely the hardest day."

Keep The Momentum Going
Van Garderen's runner-up placing follows BMC Racing Team's overall victories at the Dubai Tour (Taylor Phinney) and Tour Méditerranéen (Stephen Cummings) and runner-up finishes by Cadel Evans at the Santos Tour Down Under and the Australian national road championships and with Cummings at the Dubai Tour. Sport Director Valerio Piva said he was pleased the squad in Oman could keep the momentum going. "Yesterday, Tejay did a fantastic uphill finish and we are very happy," he said. "Everyone on the team feels the season has started well and the guys are being responsible and feel that every race we will be competitive. I hope that we can continue with that in the next races." Van Garderen said he is already looking ahead to his next start, which comes at Paris-Nice. "I have some important WorldTour races coming up and I am also keeping focused on the Tour de France," he said.

Listen to complete comments from Piva and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team's Audio Line.

See photos from the race on the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.

View videos from the race on the BMC Racing Team's YouTube channel.