Tour of Utah: Van Garderen passes first climbing test on stage 1
08 August 2018 12:36
Tejay van Garderen and his BMC Racing team passed their first climbing test on Tuesday as they worked to defend the yellow jersey van Garderen took in the Tour of Utah's prologue time trial. Stage 1 featured the 24km climb in Cedar Breaks that reached pitches of 13 per cent. The early breakaway broke apart up the climb, but it came back together on the next descent. BMC Racing let the gap go out to five minutes, but then slowly reeled the escapees back in before the sprinters' teams took over and UnitedHealthcare's Travis McCabe took the stage win in Cedar City. "Our plan was to let a breakaway get up the road to stop the attacks," van Garderen said. "We found a breakaway that we were comfortable with, let them get a little time, and then established a chase. We were banking on a couple of the sprinters' teams coming in to help close the gap in the final so that we didn't have to do all the work today. We were able to keep things relatively under control for such a hard, hot day."ADVERTISEMENT The plan worked out well, and van Garderen was happy with his team's effort and execution. "Yeah, 100 per cent," he told Cyclingnews in the finishing straight. "The guys really stepped up. We had a couple of stagiaires with us today, and they really, really rode like pros today. We also have our steady guys like Brent Bookwalter, Joey Rosskopf and Killian Frankiny to do the work. I couldn't be happier." Van Garderen was also happy with how his legs felt during the stage, and especially on the climb, although he suggested once again that he hasn't truly been tested on the climbs or at altitude at the race so far.
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