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The BMC Racing Team worked tirelessly on the front to put Tejay van Garderen in position at the base of the final climb. (©Casey B. Gibson.)
The BMC Racing Team worked tirelessly on the front to put Tejay van Garderen in position at the base of the final climb. (©Casey B. Gibson.)

Amgen Tour of California, Stage 7: Battle on Baldy

20. mei 2012

Tejay van Garderen couldn't follow the acceleration of stage winner Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) Saturday on Mt. Baldy and his 10th place result on the mountain-top finish meant the BMC Racing Team rider slipped from second to fourth overall.

Team Rode Hard
With only Sunday's flat, short circuit race in Los Angeles to come, van Garderen is 1:17 behind Gesink, who won the 126 kilometer stage to take the overall lead. "We did everything we could to help Tejay," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. "The guys rode the front and did a lot of work to deliver him to the bottom of the last climb with a manageable gap." When Gesink attacked inside the last five kilometers – with two riders still ahead from an original breakaway of 11 – van Garderen said he was initially feeling good. "I was sitting pretty easy and feeling good and I thought the pace was doable," van Garderen said. "But his attack was strong and once I started getting into it, I thought if I keep up this pace, I'm going to be in trouble." Van Garderen said he's disappointed he fell short of his goal of being on the final podium. "You get to a certain level really quickly. As a first year pro, I was third at the Criterium du Dauphine and thought I was going to start winning everything the year after. But the thing is, it doesn't work that way. You have to be patient. You have to keep working hard. One of these times, it's all going to come together and I'm going to win. It's just too bad it didn't happen here."