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Thor Hushovd (center) is a past winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Thor Hushovd (center) is a past winner of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Motivated BMC Racing Team Ready For Belgian Races

19. February 2013

Fresh off two weeks of success in the Middle East and Thor Hushovd's stage win Saturday at Tour du Haut Var, the BMC Racing Team brings a motivated squad to its first races in Belgium: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday.

Plenty of Options
"It's great to have a strong team and also a few leaders so you can play more than one card in the final," said Greg Van Avermaet, fifth place finisher last year at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. "The team has gotten off a great start and that's motivated everybody." Hushovd, 2009 winner of Het Nieuwsblad, said his stage win and eventual fifth place finish overall at Haut Var has motivated him. "The races this past weekend gave me confidence and I am feeling good," he said. "Our team is very strong right now." Also on the roster are three riders who contributed to the BMC Racing Team's team classification wins the past two weeks at the Tours of Qatar and Oman: Adam Blythe, Taylor Phinney and Michael Schär. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said decisions on how many and which riders will be protected in each race will be made closer to the weekend. "What I saw at Haut Var leaves me very satisfied where we are and with the condition of the riders," he said. "We will get the guys together and make a good plan. It's nice to have so many options." The BMC Racing Team's roster for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne is the same, with the exception of Danilo Wyss replacing Hushovd.

Download the official BMC Racing Team race sheet for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (PDF with roster, bios, statistics, etc.): bit.ly/XmpSCq

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Roster (Feb. 23):
Adam Blythe (GBR), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Daniel Oss (ITA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne Roster (Feb. 24):
Adam Blythe (GBR), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Daniel Oss (ITA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

General Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Sport Director:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)

Doctors:
Roger Palfreeman (GBR)
Dario Spinelli (ITA)

Press Officer:
Isaura Van Lancker (BEL)

Staff:
Bus Driver: Steven Christiaens (BEL). Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Ian Sherburne (USA). Soigneurs: Anthony Lafourte (BEL), Freddy Viaene (BEL), Chris De Vos (BEL).