The BMC Racing Team is a United States-registered UCI ProTeam title sponsored by Switzerland-based bicycle manufacturer BMC. Consistently ranked among the top 10 teams in the world, its roster includes reigning world road champion Philippe Gilbert, reigning Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler, current Danish national road champion Sebastian Lander, and seven 2012 Olympians including 2011 Tour de France winner and past (2009) world champion Cadel Evans and 2012 Tour de France best young rider and 2013 Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen. Two other former world road champions, Alessandro Ballan (2008) and Thor Hushovd (2010), headline the squad that also includes past national time trial champions Taylor Phinney (United States) and Marco Pinotti (Italy). In 2012, the team won 21 races, including two stages of the Giro d’Italia and three in the Vuelta a España and placed two riders (van Garderen and Evans) in the top 10 at the Tour de France. The BMC Racing Team was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif. Phinney, a cycling prodigy and son of cyclists Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney, placed 4th in both the time trial and road, a remarkable result for the 22-year-old.
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.