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The BMC Racing Team's ProTeam license runs from Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014. (Tim de Waele photo.)
The BMC Racing Team's ProTeam license runs from Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014. (Tim de Waele photo.)

BMC Racing Team Earns ProTeam Status

22. November 2010

Santa Rosa, California

The International Cycling Union (UCI) granted the BMC Racing Team ProTeam status for 2011 on Monday, fulfilling another one of the team's long-term goals, said cycling visionary and team owner Andy Rihs.

Good For BMC

In 2010, the BMC Racing Team finished as one of the top 10 teams in the UCI World Rankings. "I'm very happy because we have had a vision to always be one of the top teams and this confirm it," Rihs said. "It also reflects well on what we have accomplished to date and it fits perfectly together with our program as a race team and with BMC bicycles as the title sponsor." BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz said ProTeam status guarantees participation in all the world's greatest races. "What this means is that we can certainly prepare the team better and have more opportunities for success throughout the year," he said. "We are proud to be included as members in this prestigious group and thank the UCI for their confidence."

Long-Term Goals
Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said it is a big achievement to be among the 18 best teams in the world. The elevated status also provides the BMC Racing Team with middle and long-term vision plan opportunities. "We can bring in young riders, for example, and build with them for the future – already looking forward to Paris-Roubaix or the Classics – in two or three years," Lelangue said. "But we still have to race well to preserve this level and be sure at the end of the year we can stay ProTeam for the upcoming years."

Rider Reaction
The news was also welcomed by the BMC Racing Team riders. The first event on the ProTour calendar is the Santos Tour Down Under, Jan. 16-23. "This is a testament to all the hard work the riders, managers and staff have put into this team," three-time U.S. national road champion George Hincapie said. "I am very proud to be part of this organization and look forward to a successful 2011 season." Past world road champion Cadel Evans said: "Being accepted into the ProTeam ranks is another stamp of approval for the good work by everyone at BMC. From Team Wwner Andy Rihs, to everyone involved in the day-to-day efforts of the team, it has been a team effort to get to this level. Now with the status and security of a ProTeam license, we can all plan for longer term efforts."