Tejay van Garderen will return to racing at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this Sunday (2 September) where he will make his debut at the eight-day stage race, which features a 14-ilometre team time trial.

Van Garderen and his team-mates will target victory in the team time trial from Cockermouth to Whinlatter on Stage Five, Sports Director Valerio Piva said.

“The main objective for the team is a stage win, particularly the team time trial on stage Five. It will be good practice for the upcoming UCI World Championships and with the uphill finish it will be a hard course. The OVO Energy Tour of Britain always attracts a strong field and it is a difficult race to control, particularly with only six riders and often bad weather, so for the General Classification we will take things day by day,” Piva said.

“Tejay van Garderen will make his debut at the race and he of course can do well and we also have Stefan Küng, who was third overall last year, so these two will be our protected riders. For the sprints we have Jempy Drucker and Jürgen Roelandts and for breakaways we have Paddy Bevin and Miles Scotson. All six riders will have opportunities across the eight days so we’re looking forward to a great race.”

Van Garderen is excited to race in Britain for only the second time in his career after the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France.

“I decided to forgo the Vuelta a Espana for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in order to best prepare for the World Championships, in particular the team time trial and individual time trial. The fast, rolling terrain, as well as the stage 5 team time trial, should offer the perfect build up,” van Garderen explained.

“The only time in my career that I have raced in Great Britain was at the 2014 Tour de France and I remember the crowds were amazing, unlike anywhere else I’ve ever seen. I’m looking forward to that ambiance out on the road. As far as personal ambitions go, we will obviously aim high in the team time trial, and if that sets us up for a good General Classification result, then that’s all the better.”

BMC Racing Team at the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Rider roster

Paddy Bevin (NZ), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Stefan Küng (SUI), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL), Miles Scotson (AUS), Tejay van Garderen (USA)

Sports Directors

Valerio Piva (ITA), Maximilian Sciandri (ITA)