The 22-year-old American has been tipped as a potential Grand Tour rider for the future but in his first Tour he has been tasked with pulling on the front of the bunch for Cavendish while also shepherding Martin through the hills and later in the race, the mountains.
Having completed his first Grand Tour last year at the Vuelta a Espana last year, Van Garderen talks about the differences between that experience and the Tour.
The American also sits just one second behind Geraint Thomas (Sky) in the battle for the white jersey and he discusses how his priorities still lie with the team’s ambitions despite being so close to what would be a major achievement in his first Tour.
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