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The BMC Racing Team held the yellow jersey for one day. (Tim de Waele photo.)
The BMC Racing Team held the yellow jersey for one day. (Tim de Waele photo.)

BMC Racing Team Celebrates Tour de France Success

25. July 2010

Paris, France

The BMC Racing Team wrapped up its first Tour de France Sunday in Paris, relishing the success of holding the yellow jersey for one day and scoring three top 10 finishes on stages.

Several Milestones
World champion Cadel Evans earned the yellow jersey after Stage 8 and was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the general classification (26th place). Former world champion Alessandro Ballan (second on stage 15) earned the team its best finish in a stage. Other milestones included U.S. national road champion George Hincapie (59th place) finishing his 15th Tour de France, while Brent Bookwalter (147th place) and Steve Morabito (51st place) successfully completed their first.

Evans Upbeat
Cadel Evans finished his sixth Tour de France, despite riding with a fractured left elbow since July 11. "Being here with George (Hincapie) and Karsten (Kroon) has been very enjoyable despite my lack of results," Evans said. "In that regard, I look back at this Tour fondly. It's been a real pleasure to ride alongside those guys. I had a good group of people around me. An optimistic attitude is the biggest change in the environment that I'm in now. That goes a long way especially when things aren't going well."

'Great Opportunity'
BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz called the team's first Tour "a great experience." "It was a great opportunity to learn how to work together and function as a team," Ochowicz said. "The staff did an excellent job, and the riders themselves expended a lot of energy and concentration into what they were doing. Overall, it was a performance that was in our expectations. We're looking forward to next year and another chance to come back and prove what we can do."

Looking Ahead
There is much celebrate, BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue, but the team is already looking ahead. "We proved that Cadel – until his crash – was here to be a contender," Lelangue said. "He took the yellow jersey and unfortunately, he crashed. But the whole team was there to fight and be around their leader. Once we finish the party tonight, Monday we will begin planning for next season and our next Tour de France."