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Norwegian national road champion Thor Hushovd won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2009, when the race was known to as "Omloop Het Volk." (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Norwegian national road champion Thor Hushovd won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2009, when the race was known to as "Omloop Het Volk." (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

BMC Racing Team Announces Rosters For Belgian Races

26. February 2014

The opening weekend of racing in Belgium will see the BMC Racing Team field different line-ups and separate approaches for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday.

Hushovd And Van Avermaet On Form
Past Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Thor Hushovd and Greg Van Avermaet – a top five finisher three times in the past five years – headline a roster for Saturday that includes another past top five finisher, Marcus Burghardt. Hushovd was runner-up on Stage 3 at the Tour Méditerranéen. The Norwegian national road champion said that result – and his solo breakaway on Stage 2 of the Tour du Haut Var last weekend – show he is on form. "With that in mind, I go to Belgium to race for the win," Hushovd said. "We have a strong team, which should be present from start to end. My level is high now, but I just have to follow, and hopefully have something left for a good sprint in the end." Van Avermaet, who was in a pair of breakaways at the Tour of Oman last week, said his two weeks in the Middle East were productive. "You have the speed in Qatar, a little bit of climbing in Oman and good weather in both," he said. "For me, it's the best preparation for the classics. We'll see how it goes, but I feel I am in pretty good shape and happy with my form." Sport Director Max Sciandri said Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne will be a chance for younger riders to show themselves, including Silvan Dillier and Sebastian Lander, both top 10 finishers on the final stage of the Tour of Qatar. "This is a good chance for those guys, plus riders like Klaas Lodewyck and Rick Zabel, to get some good experience and have their own chances," Sciandri said.

Listen to pre-race comments on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Roster (March 1):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne Roster (March 2):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Sebastian Lander (DEN), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Rick Zabel (GER).

Sporting Manager:
Allan Peiper (AUS)

Sport Directors:
Max Sciandri (ITA)
Jackson Stewart (USA)

Doctor:
Dario Spinelli (ITA)

Staff:
Bus Driver: Filip Sercu (BEL). Chef: Walter Grözinger (GER). Mechanics: Jürgen Landrie (BEL), Ian Sherburne (USA), Jean-Marc Vandenberghe (BEL). Press Officer: Isaura Van Lancker (BEL). Soigneurs: David Bombeke (BEL), Chris De Vos (BEL), Marc Paeme (BEL), Geert Tiebergyn (BEL).