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Eleven riders will rotate among the eight roster spots for the three Italian races. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Eleven riders will rotate among the eight roster spots for the three Italian races. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Italian Races Offer BMC Racing Team Several Opportunities

15. August 2010

Varese, Italy

Much like a pitching coach in baseball, Directeur Sportif John Lelangue is switching up the BMC Racing Team's line-up for a trio of one-day races in Italy to take advantage of each rider's strengths.

Races Tuesday through Thursday

A different roster of eight riders will compete in each race: Tre Valli Varesine Tuesday, Coppa Agostoni on Wednesday and Coppa Bernocchi Thursday. Because each one is different in profile and how it tends to play out, Lelangue said he will use different strategies and personnel. "One race might be more oriented to a sprinter, while another is more for a rider who can go on the offensive or breakaway," Lelangue said. "The nice thing is we are seeing good form from all the guys and they are maintaining a consistent performance across the entire season."

Tre Valli Varesine Roster (Aug. 17):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Chris Barton (USA), Cole House (USA), Martin Kohler (SUI), Karsten Kroon (NED), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Florian Stalder (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Coppa Agostoni Roster (Aug. 18):
Chris Butler (USA), Martin Kohler (SUI), Karsten Kroon (NED), Steve Morabito (SUI), John Murphy (USA), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Florian Stalder (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Coppa Bernocchi Roster (Aug. 19):
Chris Barton (USA), Chris Butler (USA), Cole House (USA), Martin Kohler (SUI), Steve Morabito (SUI), John Murphy (USA), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Sport Director:
René Savary (SUI)

Staff:
Doctor: Giovanni Ruffini (ITA). Mechanics: Kevin Grover (USA), Ian Sherburne (USA). Soigneurs: Kaycee Evans (USA), Graeme McCallum (RSA), Stefano Rubino (ITA). Driver: Chris De Vos (BEL).