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Tejay van Garderen said he felt good about his performance at Paris-Nice, his second top five finish in a stage race this season. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
Tejay van Garderen said he felt good about his performance at Paris-Nice, his second top five finish in a stage race this season. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Van Garderen Fourth Overall At Paris-Nice

10. March 2013

Tejay van Garderen's fifth-place performance in Sunday's individual time trial at Paris-Nice helped the BMC Racing Team rider finish fourth overall, improving on his fifth place of a year ago.

Received Plenty Of Support
Van Garderen powered his BMC timemachine TMR01 up the 9.6 kilometers of the Col d’Èze climb only 52 seconds slower than stage and overall race winner Richie Porte (Sky Procycling). The performance was good enough to move him two places up the overall. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) finished second on the stage and second overall, while Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale) was third, 23 seconds ahead of van Garderen. "You always come to a race trying to win; I never come to a race thinking I want to get fourth place," van Garderen said. "But at the end of the day, the team rode amazingly all week. Everything is falling into place: protecting me on the hectic, flat stages and I even had a lot of support up in the mountains. So the team is riding perfectly so I can take a lot of confidence in that and it's still March."

Moinard Surprises Himself
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he, too, was encouraged by the strong teamwork that helped van Garderen in a race plagued by rain. "We can still improve in some points, but being already fourth in Paris-Nice is a little bit better than last year," Lelangue said. "Tejay also had a better time than last year in the same time trial, so we are on the way and we still have a few nice stage races coming before the Tour de France." BMC Racing Team's Amaël Moinard, winner of the King of the Mountains classification here in 2010, rode to a 16th place finish on the day. Unlike his teammates, he did not use 3T aero bars, rode his standard BMC teammachine SLR01 and used teammate Dominik Nerz – who started a minute ahead of him – as a motivator. "When I started, I felt really good, so I told myself I wanted to catch him (Nerz)," Moinard said. "I saw him at the end of the climb but I wasn't able to catch him. But I rode the entire climb in the big ring."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Lelangue, Moinard and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.