Tirreno-Adriatico first big test for Tejay van Garderen

Tejay van Garderen will have the chance to test his form at his first WorldTour race of the season when he lines up at Tirreno-Adriatico from 9-15 March.

Van Garderen will lead a strong team who come in off the back of Strade Bianche, BMC Racing Team Sports Director Max Sciandri said.

“We’re bringing a really solid team to Tirreno-Adriatico in support of Tejay van Garderen. Given BMC Racing Team’s success with the Team Time Trial, we of course have our eyes on winning the opening stage and starting the week of racing well.” Sciandri said.

Van Garderen is looking forward to going head to head with some of his biggest rivals.

“This is the real start of the season for me. The winter of training and races up until now have been geared towards preparing for the WorldTour events. I’m in great shape and have a strong, motivated team around me, so I’m looking forward to getting things started in Italy,” van Garderen explained.

Tirreno-Adriatico will kick off on Wednesday 9 March with a 22.7km Team Time Trial starting and finishing in Lido di Camaiore.

BMC Team for Tirreno-Adriatico:  Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Daniel Oss (ITA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA).