On the American pro cycling team BMC, someone new will be wearing the royal crown. Velonews reports that American Tejay van Garderen (I love to tell my wife that he’s from Montana since she won’t agree to move to that state…ignoring my pleadings) will be the team leader in the Tour de France, instead of Australian Cadel Evans.
Evans isn’t being completely thrown under the bus; the team will ride for Evans in the Giro d’Italia.
In the last tour or two it was a bit awkward for BMC since Tejay was at times stronger than Cadel. But in keeping with honor and tradition, Tejay sacrificed some of his efforts trying to help Cadel on several of the climbs.
But no more…it will be Tejay all the way from here on out. There’s no telling how Tejay will stack up against either of the Brits, Wiggins and Froome…or even against Contador, who has stated an intention to ramp up his game for this year’s tour.
Tejay’s the complete package, able to time trial with the best of them, as well as do some dominating riding on the climbs. It’ll be interesting to watch him ride as the designated leader.
Previously, Levi Leipheimer was the rider representing the great state of Montana. Now it’s the ‘Bozeman Boss’.