Tejay Van Garderen.

Do you think Tejay Van Garderen is overrated?

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Jul 3, 2012
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Depends on who's rating him.

On this particular forum he might be underrated. If I went purely by the comments on this forum, I'd think he was an hour in the hole, not wearing the white jersey.
 
May 19, 2011
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excellent TT skill
decent on small climbs

strong contender for one week race with decent TT miles, sort of Tony Martin parcourse.

No way as a GC contender, probably not even a good domestique due to severe climbing limitation.

Hope he can improve and prove me wrong:rolleyes:
 
Jan 11, 2010
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So far, he's not good enough as Cadel's best (only) mountain domestique. I think he's a kind of improved version of Luis Leon, but he's simply not a super climber.
 
He's a bit underrated on this site, but as a whole he's a very solid rider. His climbing must improve if he wants to become a GC rider, but he is still very young and has plenty of time to improve. Of course, if he moves to be a better climber and loses power in TT's then he would be right back to square one. I'm a big fan of his, and I hope to see him get better as he matures more into a rider. I do think it's going to be very challenging to hold off Pinot for the white jersey though.
 
May 21, 2010
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Voted maybe,his TT seems to be progressing but not his climbing.Again depends on your expectations if they are hes USA's big hope to smite the pesky europeans in the TDF anytime soon then..... well no,but he is only 23 give the guy a chance; white jersey contender @23 not too shabby
 
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Voted maybe,his TT seems to be progressing but not his climbing.Again depends on your expectations if they are hes USA's big hope to smite the pesky europeans in the TDF anytime soon then..... well no,but he is only 23 give the guy a chance; white jersey contender @23 not too shabby
I think in the long run, Dombrowski is going to be the better GC rider for Grand Tours. However, Van Garderen should be able to win a lot of week long stage races. All in all we have some very talented riders that have a lot of potential.
 
May 21, 2010
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Moviefan1203 said:
I think in the long run, Dombrowski is going to be the better GC rider for Grand Tours. However, Van Garderen should be able to win a lot of week long stage races. All in all we have some very talented riders that have a lot of potential.
Whats Dombrowski's TT like? an early Gesink or an early Frandy?
 
Jul 3, 2012
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Anyway, ability level aside, he's done very well for himself this TdF, kept out of trouble, and made the most of what he has to work with I'd say, unlike some other folks who have just been abject disappointments.
 
Jun 1, 2011
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Of course all those who who voted yes are not thinking down the road. Tejay will go better in years to come. So I voted no. If you're in-the-run for any jersey in the Tour this far along you're not overrated.
 
Mar 18, 2009
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BillytheKid said:
Of course all those who who voted yes are not thinking down the road. Tejay will go better in years to come. So I voted no. If you're in-the-run for any jersey in the Tour this far along you're not overrated.
This^^ He has a bright future and it should be fun to watch him.
 
I voted Maybe...time will tell. He is obviously a talented ITTer and very young with plenty of time to mature his talents.

However IMO he's been totally useless at his assigned job this year; working for Cadel in the mountains. The road goes up and he is gone :(
 
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Carols said:
I voted Maybe...time will tell. He is obviously a talented ITTer and very young with plenty of time to mature his talents.

However IMO he's been totally useless at his assigned job this year; working for Cadel in the mountains. The road goes up and he is gone :(
Agree- not sure what is going on with Tejay in helpng Cadel perhaps a little too tenative in the mountains? However, with each stage comes more experience.
 

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