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The landscape at the Tour of Qatar is unlike any other on the professional circuit. (©BMC/Tim De Waele)
The landscape at the Tour of Qatar is unlike any other on the professional circuit. (©BMC/Tim De Waele)

BMC Racing Team Headed To Asian Continent

2. February 2011

Santa Rosa, California

The Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman both take place on the Arabian Peninsula, but each presents a different challenge for the BMC Racing Team, says Directeur Sportif John Lelangue.

Wind Always A Factor
New to the Tour of Qatar is a two-kilometer individual prologue. "Qatar always has a big selection on the road due to the wind with pretty fast stages," Lelangue said.  "Oman is totally different because there is a six-kilometer climb to the finish on one stage and a long time trial (18.5 km)," he said. "So we know time gaps will not only come from splitting the peloton and bonifications, but also from those two stages." Sprinter Alexander Kristoff said he has recovered from a nasty crash at the Santos Tour Down Under. "I expect to have better form than I did in Australia," he said. "I hope some days I can make the first split in the crosswinds and then sprint for a stage victory."

BMC Racing Team Tour of Qatar Roster (Feb. 6-11):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Karsten Kroon (NED), John Murphy (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

Directeur Sportif:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Staff:
Doctor: Scott Major (USA). Mechanics: Ronald Ruymen (BEL), Nick Vandecauter (BEL). Soigneurs: Freddy Viaene (BEL), Trudi Rebsamen (USA), Stefano Rubino (ITA).