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Countdown to the U23 Worlds

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The view of Switzerland from my hotel window. Not a bad place to have the world championships.

The view of Switzerland from my hotel window. Not a bad place to have the world championships. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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Hanging out in the hotel room. The main activity of all the bike races we do.

Hanging out in the hotel room. The main activity of all the bike races we do. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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In the lounge with the staff. They are drinking beer...I'm drinking Diet Coke.

In the lounge with the staff. They are drinking beer...I'm drinking Diet Coke. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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Down the hatch...

Down the hatch... (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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The dessert.

The dessert. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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What's wrong with a little dessert before a race?

What's wrong with a little dessert before a race? (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)

September 21, 2009: Day one of Tejay Van Garderen's exclusive Cyclingnews photo blog from the Mendrisio, Switzerland world championships.

Follow American Tejay van Garderen's (HTC-Highroad) exclusive Cyclingnews blog

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).