They say that a change is as good as a rest and that’s what Tejay van Garderen is hoping for as he begins his tenure with EF Education First. Van Garderen signed with the team, run by Jonathan Vaughters, after leaving BMC Racing in their shake-up over the winter.
“I think at any point in anyone’s career, I think that a change is good just to get fresh outlooks and new motivation and I’m hoping to pretty much do what I know I can do and that’s scoring some good results,” van Garderen told Cyclingnews.
Van Garderen spent seven years with the BMC Racing set-up, coming on as one of their rising stars in 2012. He soon made an impact when he beat his team leader Cadel Evans at that year’s Tour de France, finishing fifth place overall and winning the white jersey. Another fifth place would follow two years later, but despite some solid performances, van Garderen has since struggled to meet those early expectations.
After a couple of years of disappointment, van Garderen played a support role for Richie Porte at last season’s Tour de France – prior to Porte’s abandon on stage 9.
Obviously, being in one organisation for so long you’re going to have high points and low points, good and bad, but in the end, I look back there and that’s where the bulk of my palmares have come and all the best moments of my career have come so I can only look back on it with good memories,” said van Garderen.
Van Garderen is currently racing at the UAE Tour, where he is currently sitting in 18th place at 1:56 behind the race leader Primoz Roglic with one mountain stage to come. The 30-year-old is using the Middle East Race as an opportunity to build up towards some of his bigger goals in the spring.
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