Tejay Van Garderen Discussion Thread

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Let's hope today was TJ's "post rest day" bonk. He needs to remember he is only 2:15 off the podium with the TT still coming.
 
Mar 1, 2017
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alexix7 said:
Yes ! He did it ! TOP 10 in GC in GT !!!
Had he been treated like the 2 Ag2r riders, he would have been sent off. I guess this top 10 comes with an asterisk and has been sponsored by the Magic Carpets company.
 
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movingtarget said:
Good result for TJVG added to his Giro stage win, maybe next year he can keep the momentum going.

That was one of the hardest GTs in awhile with a stellar cast so top 10 is very good

However the way he rides he could do maybe 6th to 9th even 5th at a push if field is not top .... but look at the climbers coming through ...he is not going to challenge for a podium
Plus its a hard hard way to make a living

he would be better going for stages and KOM, and of course stage races...

Bite the bullet and make life easier for yourself Tejay
 
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HelloDolly said:
movingtarget said:
Good result for TJVG added to his Giro stage win, maybe next year he can keep the momentum going.

That was one of the hardest GTs in awhile with a stellar cast so top 10 is very good

However the way he rides he could do maybe 6th to 9th even 5th at a push if field is not top .... but look at the climbers coming through ...he is not going to challenge for a podium
Plus its a hard hard way to make a living

he would be better going for stages and KOM, and of course stage races...

Bite the bullet and make life easier for yourself Tejay
Yeah that would be easier. Top 5 looks a bit beyond TJVG at the moment, the younger generation is already coming through. Contador is going and Nibali and Froome are probably a few years away. Even riders like Michael Woods and George Bennett are making the top 10 now so the competition is only increasing. Kelderman and Zakarin are improving. Landa, Lopez and the list goes on. I actually thought that TJVG may have retired before Talansky but both of them were struggling. TJVG's results this year will give him some motivation. Needless to say it's a tough sport and it must be difficult having a family with so much travel involved and trying to find some balance especially when the career is not going too well.
 
NorthAmericanScum said:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ochowicz-van-garderen-will-win-a-stage-race-before-the-tour-de-france/

Thoughts? Certainly glad to see him focusing on one week races...I do think he can be successful, more so than chasing the ghost of his former self in grand tours at least.
It makes sense. I thought he looked much better in the Giro getting into breaks and chasing a stage win. Hopefully he can climb well in the Tour to support Porte.
 
Feb 23, 2014
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This is the only thing that makes sense for him. Not everyone has to be a GT rider. He has the body to do well in week long races. He can reach a high level of form - it’s just always a question of when he’ll have a bad day. That won’t be as much of an issue in week long races.
 
Focusing on smaller stage races instead of GT is a good idea.

Ruta del Sol, Paris-Nice, Catalunya (the race that seems to suit him the most), Romandie, Suisse, then targeting Poland after the Tour. He should be able to win one of them.
 
May 2, 2016
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Unless I have missed something, the cyclingnews story doesn't really seem to suggest that TVG is focussing on one week races, just that Jim Ochowicz thinks he is in good form this year. To some extent whether or not TVG will be successful depends on the other big GC riders, their race programmes and the way in which they are building form ahead of the GTs. Froome's approach last year certainly opened up races for other riders!
 

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