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Tejay van Garderen bears the scars from a crash early in his prologue. (©BMC/Graham Watson photo.)
Tejay van Garderen bears the scars from a crash early in his prologue. (©BMC/Graham Watson photo.)

Crash Spoils Van Garderen's Prologue

29. April 2014

BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen crashed in the first moments of Tuesday's prologue at the Tour de Romandie and finished three minutes and 21 seconds down on the winning time.

'Washed Out'
Van Garderen said he did not sense any danger lurking at the start of the 5.57-kilometer race against the clock that was run in dry conditions. "The bike got away from me in the first corner," he said. "I was coming in a little too hot. I didn't think I was taking big risks, but I guess the corner was a little off-camber and I washed out." BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said van Garderen's injuries were being evaluated. "He has a lot of superficial abrasions: the ankle, the hip, the shoulder and the elbow," Dr. Testa said. "But that is not of concern. The only concern is the contusion on his right hip. So now we are checking, making sure there is nothing broken." Interviewed after crossing the finish line, van Garderen said he had some pain in his hip but felt nothing was broken and planned to continue in the six-day race. "Obviously, GC (general classification) is not an option any more," he said. "But we still have some good guys here who are motivated for GC. So maybe if the legs come around, I can try something in one of the harder stages."

The Podium Placers
Silvan Dillier was best for the BMC Racing Team on the day, finishing 59th, 21 seconds behind stage winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) was second, four seconds back, and Marcel Kittel (Team Giant-Shimano) was third in the same time. BMC Racing Team's Peter Velits, the Slovakian national time trial champion, was one second slower than Dillier and placed 62nd on the day. BMC Racing Team Sport Director Yvon Ledanois said van Garderen's crash was the start of a "bad day" for the team. "I hope nothing is broken," he said. "This was a big objective for him and the team. Now we see what happens for the next race and for this week also, because tomorrow is the first stage and we have a big motivation for everyone." Wednesday's Stage 1 has been shortened due to snow and now includes only one categorized climb.

Listen to complete comments from Ledanois, Dr. Testa and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

View photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.

Watch video of van Garderen's start and finish on the BMC Racing Team YouTube channel.