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Tejay van Garderen finished third in the time trial at Critérium International on the way to third place overall. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Tejay van Garderen finished third in the time trial at Critérium International on the way to third place overall. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Gilbert, Van Garderen Head To Vuelta Al Pais Vasco

29. maart 2013

World road champion Philippe Gilbert and recent Critérium International podium finisher Tejay van Garderen headline the BMC Racing Team's roster for Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

Many Opportunities
Gilbert changed his program to include the six-day race after withdrawing from the Tour of Flanders due to a lingering cold. "This is the best race to prepare for the Ardennes classics, which are my main goal," Gilbert said. "I need a stage race where I can go hard on the climbs." The 833-kilometer race includes 31 categorized climbs and a 24 km time trial that van Garderen – third at Critérium International last weekend and the race's best young rider – said will allow him to gauge his form. "I can't say this race has been a big target of mine going into the season, but it would be good to test myself a little bit," he said. "Looking at the stage profiles, they all look pretty hard. Stage 3 – with its summit finish – looks like an interesting one. And obviously the time trial on the last day is something I will go for." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said the team's roster is built for chasing stage wins and breakaway opportunities. "With Tejay coming off a good Paris-Nice and Critérium International, I trust this will be a good experience for him and the entire team," he said. "There are a lot of opportunities for us."

Click here to download the official BMC Racing Team race sheet (PDF with roster, statistics, bio, etc.).

BMC Racing Team Vuelta al Pais Vasco roster (April 1-6):
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Steve Cummings (GBR), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Martin Kohler (SUI), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Dominik Nerz (GER), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Larry Warbasse (USA).

Sport Directors:
Yvon Ledanois (FRA)
Jackson Stewart (USA)

Doctor:
Giovanni Ruffini (ITA)

Performance Manager:
Allan Peiper (AUS)

Press Officer:
Sean Weide (USA)

Staff:
Bus Driver: Steven Christiaens (BEL). Chef: Walter Grözinger (GER). Mechanics: Alessandro Gaia (ITA), Kevin Grove (USA), Christian Moore (AUS), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Anthony Lafourte (BEL), Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Anthony Pauwels (BEL), Maarten Vanduffel (BEL).