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…