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Karsten Kroon is coming off a 15th place finish at Flèche Brabanconne. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Karsten Kroon is coming off a 15th place finish at Flèche Brabanconne. (Tim de Waele photo.)

BMC Racing Team Will Back Kroon At Amstel Gold Race

16. April 2010

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Karsten Kroon will get the support of world champion Cadel Evans and the rest of the BMC Racing Team Sunday as he bids to become the first Dutchman since 2001 to win the Amstel Gold Race.

On Good Form

Kroon was runner-up at Amstel Gold Race last year and finished fourth in 2006. BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said Kroon is on good form heading into the 257 km race. “We’ll make the race for him,” Lelangue said. “Cadel is only there to come back to competition so it will be Karsten’s race. The last few weeks he has proven that he has his place on the Classics roster.”

Burghardt Replaced
Not on the BMC Racing Team roster for Sunday is Marcus Burghardt, who has been replaced by Alexander Kristoff.  "Marcus has a little problem on the heel of his foot due to the cobblestones in Paris-Roubaix,” Lelangue said. "It's more reasonable to have him recover from it totally so his next race will be the Amgen Tour of California."

Flèche Wallonne Wednesday
The team’s roster for Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday is virtually the same. Evans was second in 2008 in the 198 km Belgian Classic and fifth last year, while Kroon was third in 2006. Lelangue said the BMC Racing Team, 10th in the current UCI world rankings, is on track with its goals. “We know we have three races coming – Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 25) – where we expect to take some points, followed by the big Tours, where we are aiming for results around Cadel,” he said.


Amstel Gold Race Roster – April 18
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SWI), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Karsten Kroon (NED), Jeff Louder (USA), Steve Morabito (SWI), Simon Zahner (SWI).

Flèche Wallonne Roster – April 21
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SWI), Karsten Kroon (NED), Jeff Louder (USA), Steve Morabito (SWI), Jackson Stewart (USA), Simon Zahner (SWI).

Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Director Sportif:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Press Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Staff:
Doctors: Scott Major (USA), Dario Spinelli (ITA). Mechanics: Andy Stone (USA), Nick Vandecauter (BEL). Soigneurs: Graeme McCallum (RSA), Jeremiah Ranegar (USA), Sven Shouteken, Chris De Vos (BEL). Bus Driver: Francis Bur (FRA).