Tour de France 101: Americans to watch in 2011

Seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong isn't riding, but there are plenty of other fast Americans.

6. Tejay Van Garderen, HTC-Highroad

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Tejay Van Garderen races to fourth place in the third stage of the Dauphine cycling race on June 9, 2010. The stage, an individual time trial, went from Monteux to Sorgues, France.

At 22, Tejay Van Garderen – born to Dutch parents and raised in Bozeman, Mont. – is the youngest American rider in this year’s race. He was selected to his first Tour de France team after a stellar spring, which included a 5th place finish in the Tour of California. He’ll be an integral part of Team HTC-Highroad’s plan to get sprinter Mark Cavendish the overall sprint winner's green jersey.

For more on Van Garderen, you can follow the travails and triumphs of his first Tour on Twitter @tvangarderen88 and read his official team bio.

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