Tour de France Tech: Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Team Machine SLR01

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With a small glimmer of hope at making the final podium in Paris, Tejay van Garderen headed into the Pyrenees aboard the BMC Team Machine SLR01, the Swiss bike maker’s top end race bike. It’s a lightweight, stiff, climbing machine, designed especially for long days in the high mountains.


Tejay BMC

This Team BMC race rig is spec’d with a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain and Shimano Dura-Ace C50 carbon tubular wheels. You’ll also notice the extreme 30mm offset seatpost. Van Garderen likes to be long and low.

Tejay Stem

Van Garderen opts for a lengthy (and low) -17 degrees 140mm stem.

Tejay Shifter

The smooth ergonomics of Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9070 levers control shifting and braking.

Tejay Cassette

The move to 11-speed drivetrains has allowed riders to spec previously unheard of 11-28 cassettes, which mean easier spinning on the steep climbs.

Tejay Top Tube

BMC accelerates the traditional R&D and engineering processes, using software that enables thousands of computer-generated prototypes to be examined before the final result is set.

Tejay Cranks

An SRM power meter is mated with Shimano Dura-Ace 53-39 chainrings, 175mm Dura-Ace cranks, and Dura-Ace pedals.

Tejay Number

As BMC’s team leader, van Garderen gets the first number assigned to his squad.

Tejay Top Tube

Each member of BMC’s Tour de France team gets special custom graphics on the top tube, complete with name and home country flag.

Tejay Saddle

Van Garderen’s saddle of choice is the Fizik Arione, a time trial model with a little extra cushion around the nose.

Tejay Size

Frame size, plus stack and reach measurements easy to spot on the downtube.

Tejay Tire

Tires are Continental’s 25mm Competition ProLTD tubular. Wheel choice ranges from Shimano Dura-Ace C50s for flat stages, to C35s for hilly days, and lightweight C24s for days in the mountains.

Tejay Determined

Van Garderen has had an up and down Tour, but is still a lock to finish no worse than sixth overall.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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