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Time trial prep

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Breakfast with Pete and Jessica.

Breakfast with Pete and Jessica. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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Me and the Fox (Chris de Vos).

Me and the Fox (Chris de Vos). (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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George getting my bike dialed. Luckily we have the best mechanics in the world...I have no idea how to work on my own bike. I just do the pedaling.

George getting my bike dialed. Luckily we have the best mechanics in the world...I have no idea how to work on my own bike. I just do the pedaling. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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Pre-riding the time trial course.

Pre-riding the time trial course. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)
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I'm going as USA Barbie.

I'm going as USA Barbie. (Image credit: Tejay van Garderen)

September 22, 2009: Day two of Tejay Van Garderen's exclusive Cyclingnews photo blog from the Mendrisio, Switzerland world championships.

Today was all about time trial preparation; from the oh-so-squeezy skin suit (below) to the work done by George to make sure my bike was dialled in after being stowed away in a bike bag for the trip to Switzerland (bottom).

Eventually I got out on said bike and had a look at the time trial course. Some riders have said it's not too hard - in comparison to the road race parcours, anyway - although I'm not going to comment until I've finished it at race pace and with my time safely in the bank.

Everyone seems to be settled in and ready to get on with the job (above) - I guess this is the time when you just want everything to hurry up and get started because for many people it's the time that nerves start to kick in and you lie in bed thinking about it.

More from Mendrisio soon,
Tejay

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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).