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All systems go for road race

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Kirk Carlson on the way to the start.

Kirk Carlson on the way to the start. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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Headed to the road race.

Headed to the road race. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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America is high rolling on the Highroad bus this week.

America is high rolling on the Highroad bus this week. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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Inside the American bus.

Inside the American bus. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)

Tejay Van Garderen and his four American teammates approached the U23 world championship road race on Saturday in Mendrisio, Switzerland with high hopes.

"We have a winning team. We have a strategy and a good idea of what we're going to do."

Headed to the road race.

America is high rolling on the Highroad bus this week.

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22-year-old van Garderen, had a stellar 2010 debut season in the ProTour ranks and finished third at the Dauhpine in June and coming in 35th place overall in his debut Grand Tour at the Vuelta a Espana.

In 2009 he finished second overall at the Tour de l'Avenir.

Van Garderen spent the 2008-2009 seasons racing for the Dutch Rabobank Continental team. Winner in 2009 of France's Tour du Haut Anjou and the final stage of the Netherlands' Olympia's Tour (plus second overall).