Van Garderen propelled into Tour de France spotlight with BMC stage win

Tejay van Garderen has joined the ranks of the Tour de France's top contenders, thanks in part to BMC’s winning performance in the 28km team time trial on stage 9 in Plumelec. BMC came out ahead in an extremely close battle with Chris Froome's Team Sky, with only 62 hundredths of a second separating the two teams at the line. Now sitting second overall at a mere 12 seconds from race leader Froome, the American is much better positioned than the pre-race favourites Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), who is 1:03 behind, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who trails at 1:59 and last year’s winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) who is at 2:22, three of the so-called 'fab four'.

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