Latest measurement from our proprietary Tejayometer. We developed this analytic tool and smart phone app (look for it on kickstarter shortly!!!) to calculate exactly where Tejay van Garderen is on his trajectory back to grand tour boss-man.
In our test runs of the Tejayometer last year, it registered some distressingly low numbers for Van Garderen, coinciding with his flame-out in the Tour de France and then the Vuelta a Espana. In fact, the readings were so low that we wondered if the Tejayometer was working correctly. According to the device, Tejay was actually dead, which would have been terrible news for his family and friends. Fortunately, he was alive and well, just mysteriously short on wattage in the high mountains.
However, over the Winter we tweaked the algorithms and now Generation 2 seems to be working to perfection. Charting Tejay’s progress early in the season produced a slow but steady increase in performance before plummeting at Tirreno-Adriatico as BMC teammate Rohan Dennis put himself on the final podium while Tejay dropped out of sight.
The Tejayometer uses a set of visualization icons to quickly gives users a snapshot of Tejay Trajectory. After Tirreno, the “Broken Bicycle” icon was bright red, signaling he was in deep trouble, when what we’d like to see is the blue “Bicycle with Wings” icon that signifies success. This was a worrisome turn of events for all Tejay fans.
So I’m happy to report that after stage 3, a mountain stage in the Volta Catalunya, the Tejayometer is recording some positive data. By finishing in eighth place, 3 seconds off the winning time of Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde. Tejay took over the race leaders jersey and is 44 seconds ahead of Sky rival Geraint Thomas and 45 seconds over Valverde.
We will be taking another close look at the Tejayometer after stage 4 in Catalunya. Stay tuned.