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Tejay van Garderen (in white) received good support from his teammates. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Tejay van Garderen (in white) received good support from his teammates. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Paris-Nice, Stage 4: Van Garderen Moves Up

7. March 2013

The BMC Racing Team forced the pace near the end of Thursday's stage of Paris-Nice to whittle the peloton down to a select group of 37 riders that reached the finish together, moving Tejay van Garderen from 15th to 12th place in the overall standings.

Strong Team Effort
With the day's breakaway of seven riders dangling about a minute in front and the last two of seven categorized climbs ahead, the BMC Racing Team went to the front. One-by-one, Daniel Oss, world road champion Philippe Gilbert, Amaël Moinard, Dominik Nerz and Ivan Santaromita pushed the pace. The fast tempo swept up the breakaway and chopped the peloton into several groups. "The guys proved that they were there and recovered well from the crashes from the day before and can go into these last stages with confidence," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. Van Garderen said Oss was particularly helpful. "He did a very good job on the descent leading into the second-to-last climb because there was a fight for position there." Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEDGE) won the stage as van Garderen finished 12th. Race leader Andrew Talansky, who is 16 seconds ahead of van Garderen, was the only rider from his Garmin-Sharp team to finish in the front group. "We know his team isn't the strongest on the climbs at this race, so if we can isolate him and put him on the defensive, that can be a good tactic," van Garderen said.

Click here to listen to complete comments from Gilbert (in French), Lelangue and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.