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Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler (leading) is one of seven BMC Racing Team riders who will be racing in the Canadian races for the first time. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler (leading) is one of seven BMC Racing Team riders who will be racing in the Canadian races for the first time. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Ready For Challenging Canadian Races

5. September 2012

The BMC Racing Team brings a mix of classics riders and proven climbers to the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montréal to face a pair of courses that have traditionally been races of attrition.

Frank Is One Option
Friday's race in Québec is 16 laps of a 12.6 kilometer circuit for a total of 201.6 km. Sunday's race in Montreal is 205.7 km comprising 17 laps of a 12.1 km circuit. Both are well-suited to the squad the BMC Racing Team brings to Canada, Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. "Mathias Frank is going exceptionally well right now, so he'll be one of our main guys," Sayers said. "Greg Van Avermaet is also well-suited for races like this and Marcus Burghardt has some great form, too." Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler – one of seven BMC Racing Team riders competing in the races for the first time – said he is ready to provide support for the team's leaders. "As I saw from the results of last year, it's a very hard course," Kohler said. "Both races are courses for climbers. These races will be good for me because I prefer when the tempo is hard for the whole four or five hours, not just the first and last ones."

Click here to download the official BMC Racing Team Race Card (PDF with roster, bios, statistics, etc.).

BMC Racing Team Grands Prix Cyclistes Roster (Sept. 7, 9):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Mathias Frank (SUI), Martin Kohler (SUI), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

Sport Director:
Michael Sayers (USA)

Staff:
Mechanics: T.J. Grove (USA), Ian Sherburne (USA). Soigneurs: Kevin Jardine (USA), Jeremiah Ranegar (USA), Trudi Rebsamen (USA), Freddy Viaene (BEL).