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Tejay van Garderen (BMC)

Van Garderen limits losses as the Tour de France climbs into the Vosges

July 12, 19:29

BMC's Tejay van Garderen was able to warm down on the turbo trainer and quietly reflect on his race after stage 8 to La Mauselaine in the hills above Gérardmer, knowing he limited his losses to overall rivals Alberto Contador (Tinkof-Saxo) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) on the first uphill finish of the 2014 Tour de France.

Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team split the front group on the three short but steep climbs in the finale of the 161km stage. Van Garderen was able to sit safely on the wheels and only lost 20 seconds when Contador accelerated in the final kilometre thinking he could win the stage. He finished...