Tejay Van Garderen of BMC is in the yellow jersey. In stage 4 of this year’s US Pro Cycling Challenge Tejay needed 11 seconds to take the race lead. During the uphill finish in the last 6K of the stage he began working with Janier Acevedo from Jamis Racing. They swapped pulls during the last climb – giving each rider a short break. As they rode across the last 100 meters to the finish line, Van Garderen came alongside Acevedo and gestured to him to take the stage win. Tejay got the time he needed to claim the yellow jersey and graciously gave the stage win to the rider who worked with him.
Sportsmanship is a fine thing to see. Sportsmanship at this level is down right inspiring. Van Garderen rides for an international super team with incredible depth and resources. He was winner of the Best Young Rider at the 2012 Tour de France, and this year’s Amgen Tour of California. Acevedo rides for a continental team and has precious few opportunities to race against an international field. This stage win may well advance his career – gaining him a vital second look from the professional peloton. This is the second time this season that Acevedo has stood one step higher on the podium than Tejay.
Van Garderen only needed 11 seconds. So he offered a hand up to another young rider. This is sportsmanship.