Tejay Van Garderen of Team HTC-Columbia will be participating in his first professional “cobbled” race as he joins the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this Saturday. Other big names joining him on the starting line will include Thor Hushovd (Cervelo) and Tom Boonen (Quick Step).
Van Garderen enjoyed a top ten finish at his last race, the Vuelta ao Algarve, and he is looking forward to testing his skills and gaining more experience at the cobblestones in the one-day Belgian cycling event.
“I was thinking it was important to have this experience of cobbled races, where they throw their elbows around so I’m going to get as much out of it as I can, learn and be aggressive.” Van Garderen added that he had specifically requested his team to include this race into his schedule because the learning experience would be invaluable.
As a first-year professional cyclist, Van Garderen still has a lot to learn, and he knows it. Aside from improving his skills on the bike, Van Garderen is also showing a mature approach to the game and is slowly but surely getting used to the different styles of the directors at Team HTC-Columbia.
“It’s a difference of each director having their own style. It’s interesting because you’d think that one is better than the other but that’s not the case. We’ve won with both styles,” Van Garderen says as he refers to his new directors Brian Holm and Tristan Hoffman at Team HTC.
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