Hometown: Boulder, CO
Tejay van Garderen is another member of the new American generation of riders. In the 2011 Amgen Tour of California van Garderen won the best young rider category – foreshadowing of the year to come.
This year was truly a breakthrough season for van Garderen. He was a member of BMC's Tour de France squad with the role of protecting team leader Cadel Evans. However, Evans lost time in the mountains and van Garderen was given a opportunity to ride for himself, finishing the Tour in fifth place as well as winning the best young rider category.
Van Garderen has stepped into the role as protected leader for Colorado and is motivated to improve upon last year's third place overall.
Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (born September 22, 1978) is an American road bicycle racing cyclist from Watsonville, California. He currently rides for Bissell Pro Cycling Team. His twin brother, Andy Jacques-Maynes, is also an accomplished cyclist and rides for Bissell in 2010.
In the 2009 Nevada City Classic (California, U.S.), Jacques-Maynes took second, from a three-man break that included race-winner Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer. Before an estimated 20,000 fans, the trio was able to lap the field on the very difficult short course.
In the spring of 2010, in what VeloNews calls "the first major pro road race of the U.S. season", Jacques-Maynes won the Merco Credit Union Classic, a three-stage event in California. His Bissell team won the team time trial, and he won the Merced Foothills Road Race.
As of the start of the 2010 edition, Jacques-Maynes had entered every edition of the Amgen Tour of California (AToC) since its inception. In the 2007 AToC, he placed third in the prologue time trial.
|DOB:September 22, 1978|
|Birth Place: US|
|Current Residence: Watsonville, CA|
|Strengths:Stage Races, Time Trials|
|Previous Team: 2007 - Priority Health, presented by BISSELL|
|1st, Copperopolis Road Race|
|1st, Merco Cycling Classic, GC|
|1st, Merco Cycling Classic, stage 4|
|2nd, Joe Martin Stage Race, stage 1|
|2nd, Redlands Bicycle Classic, GC|
|2nd, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Time Trial|
|2nd, Merco Cycling Classic, stage 1|
|2nd, Merco Cycling Classic, points classification|
|3rd, Merco Cycling Classic, stage 2|
|6th, Sea Otter Classic, time trial|
|1st, Santa Cruz Criterium|
|2nd, Joe Martin Stage Race, GC|
|3rd, Sea Otter Road Race|
|3rd, Joe Martin Stage Race, Stage 1|
|3rd, Cascade Classic, Stage 4|
|4th, Sea Otter Criterium|
|4th, Sea Otter Circuit Race|
Hometown: North Garden, VA
Ben King came to everyone’s attention with his gutsy win at the 2010 US Pro Road Race Championship in Greenville, South Carolina. The Trek-Livestrong rider was part of an early break and survived until the end, earning the stars and stripes jersey.
This was not the first national jersey for King. In 2010 he was both U-23 road and criterium national champion.
In 2011 he transferred to the RadioShack-Nissan team and won the young rider classification at the Tour of Beijing. In addition to Beijing, King raced some of the classics such as Scheldeprijs and Paris-Roubaix. He ended his season with a solid ride at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
The former national road champion started his 2012 European campaign backing RadioShack-Nissan’s strong riders in such races as the Critérium International and Vuelta al Pais Vasco. He was also part of the RadioShack-Nissan roster for the Amgen Tour of California.
Michael has no only done well in classic cycling races but has also helped a team in the 2008 Olympics win a silver medal. Other than being a team player, Michael is very tactical rider, which has helped him gain a sport on the podium many times. When not racing Michael stays at his home in Copenhagen.
Strengths: 6 day track races
Pro Since: 2004
Wins in 2010:
Six-day race in Copenhagen
Six-day race in Berlin
Six-day race in Fiorenzuola