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The BMC Racing Team has hired two new assistant directors for 2011. (Tim de Waele photo.)
The BMC Racing Team has hired two new assistant directors for 2011. (Tim de Waele photo.)

BMC Racing Team Hires Sciandri As Assistant Director

12. October 2010

Santa Rosa, California

Maximilian Sciandri will join the BMC Racing Team for 2011 as an assistant director with a focus on developing the team's younger riders and identifying future talent.

Impressed By The Team

Sciandri said the opportunity to work with BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz was a big factor. "I spent three years with Jim when I was riding with Motorola," Sciandri said. "He's clear, honest, correct and professional. Cycling needs a few more people like him to get things sorted out." Sciandri said he was also impressed with the overall structure of the organization and its title sponsor, BMC. "The bikes that BMC makes are uniquely designed, with a clear concept of quality and performance. I also like the way the team has come out quietly – not shouting things out that they are going to do."

Scouting Talent
Ochowicz said Sciandri's 16 years as professional – which included stage wins at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia – and his recent work as head coach at the British Cycling Academy, make him well-suited for his role with the BMC Racing Team. "He'll be working with our younger riders, while scouting for potential new signings that are coming out of the international pool of Under 23 athletes," Ochowicz said.

'Big Mission'
Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said Sciandri perfectly rounds out the BMC Racing Team's staff of assistant directors that includes Fabio Baldato, Michael Sayers and Rik Verbrugghe. "He will have a really big mission – first taking care of the younger guys on the team by overseeing their direction," Lelangue said. "He will also take time to go to the Under 23 races and make contact with national coaches and club coaches and young riders. He'll tell us about the guys we should be hiring. We've always been looking to new talent and to the future."