HTC-Columbia's Tejay Van Garderen has come into his team's line-up for Liège after finishing second at the Presidential Tour of Turkey. He told Cyclingnews that he has modest expectations for his performance in his first major Classic. He is using the race to hone his form for next month's Amgen Tour of California.
"I've never really done this distance before and one-day races are kinda hit-and-miss for me all the time. But the legs feel good after Turkey and I'm trying to hit form for California. I think if all goes well I should be able to make it to the finish and maybe you'll see my name up there just a little bit," he said.
"We don't really have the big favourite today, but we want to be represented in any attacks. I think if we wait to long then once the big guns start going, we might not be able to follow, so we might try and get ourselves out there a little bit earlier. Tony [Martin] and Maxime [Monfort] are our two main guys."
Well, Columbia didn't make it into this escape group, but the race is sure not over yet. Let's see what they can do a bit closer to the end.