Van Garderen pays tribute to shooting victims

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Associated Press

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 21 at 3:01 PM

CHARTRES, France (AP) — U.S. cyclist Tejay Van Garderen has dedicated his strong performance in the Tour de France's final time trial to the victims of the deadly shootings at a movie theater in his home state.

The 23-year-old rider lives in Boulder, Colo. He says he had the victims in his mind during Saturday's 33-mile stage in which he finished seventh, and he'll be "thinking of them when I get to Paris," where the race ends Sunday.

Van Garderen is fifth in the Tour standings. He is all but guaranteed to win the white jersey as best young rider. He would be the first American to do so since Andy Hampsten in 1986.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens others injured Friday when a man unleashed his arsenal on an audience in Aurora watching the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."

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