Tejay Van Garderen, 19, a development team rider, places second at the Circuito Montañes stage race.
American Tejay Van Garderen finished second overall at the Circuito Montañes, an eight-stage UCI 2.2-ranked race in Spain that concluded Tuesday.
Van Garderen, 19, was competing for his Rabobank Continental squad, which also earned the overall team title.
It was Van Garderen’s second podium finish at a UCI stage race this season. He was also second overall and won a stage at last month’s Fleche du Sud in Luxembourg, where he was also best young rider and took the points competition.
Van Garderen, from Fort Collins, Colorado, was the latest of the development program athletes to make the jump to a European-based pro team. He splits his time in Europe between Rabobank and USA Cycling’s Belgium-based National Development Team.
In Spain, Van Garderen finished 49 seconds off the pace of overall winner Alexey Shchebelin of Russia after seven days of racing. A key performance was in stage 6, when Van Garderen finished second in the mountainous 147-kilometer race from Torrelavega to Santo Toribio — a result that moved him into second place overall behind Shchebelin (Cinelli-OPD).
Van Garderen also scored three other top-ten stage finishes, placing fifth in the 14km stage 5b individual time trial, won by U23 world time trial champion Lars Boom, and recording a pair of ninth-place efforts in stages 4 and 5a.
In all, Rabobank won four stages. Boom won the opening stage field sprint as well as the stage 5b time trial, but faltered during the hilly stage 6. Rabobank teammate Michel Kreder won stage 3, and Boom soloed in to take stage 7 and the points competition.
Look for a feature on Van Garderen in VeloNews issue 12, on newsstands now, featuring Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador on the cover.