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The BMC Racing Team made sure Tejay van Garderen (left) was well-protected in the circuit race that concluded the race. (©Casey B. Gibson.)
The BMC Racing Team made sure Tejay van Garderen (left) was well-protected in the circuit race that concluded the race. (©Casey B. Gibson.)

BMC Racing Team Learns From Amgen Tour of California

20. May 2012

The BMC Racing Team came out of the Amgen Tour of California Sunday with six top 10 finishes during the eight-day, along with an understanding of how to ride for Tejay van Garderen, who finished fourth overall.

Riding For Tejay
In front of a large crowd at the L.A. Live entertainment complex in Downtown Los Angeles, Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) won his fifth stage as Robert Gesink (Rabobank Cycling Team) earned the overall win. BMC Racing Team's Brent Bookwalter said the team's first race in the U.S. this year fulfilled several objectives, including building fitness for him and the other Americans who will be upcoming in the USA Cycling national road championships next weekend. "I feel like we are all coming out of the race better than when we went in," he said, "aside from the two Steves (Cummings and Morabito), who were hurt in that crash on Stage 2. Another race progressive was learning to ride for Tejay. I think a lot of us are pretty dialed for Cadel (Evans), but Tejay's a new component to that this year and we synched up and worked well for him." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers agreed. "Of course, Tejay and the team would have liked to have had a podium, but there's no shame and we're definitely proud of our place on the GC," he said. "We rode incredibly well as a group and established some relationships for the second half of the season races we're doing: the Dauphine, Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France."