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Although his name may suggest otherwise, Tejay Van Garderen is an American from Tacoma, Washington.
At just 23 years old, he's also one of the youngest riders on the Tour. That's why it's so surprising that Van Garderen is currently seventh in the standings, just under seven minutes behind the leader, Bradley Wiggins.
While Van Garderen is the currently the highest-ranked American, the fact that his BMC teammate, Cadel Evans (pictured above), is ranked above him will hurt his overall chances. As Craig Christopher points out in his Bleacher Report article, young riders like Van Garderen are there to aid veteran team leaders such as Evans in any way necessary.
This is the way of professional cycling and something all young riders must go through. Nevertheless, Van Garderen is currently the leader for the young rider classification, hence the white jersey in the picture above. If the 23-year-old were to win that award, he would be the first American in 26 years to do so.