LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France — For years, Tejay van Garderen has been the United States’ best hope of winning the Tour de France.
But for this edition of the world’s biggest cycling race, van Garderen is tasked with doing all he can for teammate Richie Porte to fight for the title.
“It’s different. It’s certainly less pressure, and when you have a leader like Richie, it’s a role that is easy to jump into,” van Garderen said Thursday, two days before the race starts in western France.
Van Garderen’s first job will be to do his part on the team time trial on Stage 3. A good result by BMC would boost Porte’s chances of ending Chris Froome’s dominance at the Tour.