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Tour de France 2012: Tejay Van Garderen Dedicates Performance To Aurora Victims

Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team spoke with the media after his strong finish in Stage 19, in which he placed 7th overall. Garderen dedicated his performance to the victims of the recent shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. The 23-year-old cyclist has adopted Boulder, Colorado, as his second home having spent the early part of his career on the Team 5280 Magazine developmental squad of the Garmin-Sharp cycling team.

Garderen is currently in the lead for the White Jersey, awarded annually to the top young Tour rider. Here is a look at the White Jersey classifications heading into the final leg of the 2012 Tour de France, courtesy of LeTour.com:

RANK NAT RIDER RIDER NO. TEAM TIMES GAP
1. USA VAN GARDEREN Tejay 9 BMC RACING TEAM 84h 37' 35''
2. FRA PINOT Thibaut 146 FDJ-BIGMAT 84h 43' 48'' + 06' 13''
3. NED KRUIJSWIJK Steven 152 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 85h 43' 23'' + 01h 05' 48''
4. EST TAARAMAE Rein 81 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 85h 54' 07'' + 01h 16' 32''
5. ESP IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka 34 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 85h 58' 15'' + 01h 20' 40''
6. ESP VALLS FERRI Rafael 128 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 86h 04' 12'' + 01h 26' 37''
7. SVK SAGAN Peter 57 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 86h 05' 17'' + 01h 27' 42''
8. GER NERZ Dominik 55 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 86h 08' 43'' + 01h 31' 08''
9. NOR BOASSON HAGEN Edvald 102 SKY PROCYCLING 86h 19' 14'' + 01h 41' 39''
10. ITA MALACARNE Davide 28 TEAM EUROPCAR 86h 23' 41'' + 01h 46' 06'

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