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The BMC "Cowboys" are read for the desert: Florian Stalder, Jackson Stewart, Martin Kohler, Danilo Wyss (will be substituted from Taylor Tolleson), Markus Zberg, Chad Bayer, Brent Bookwalter, Tony Cruz and Directeur Sportif John Lelangue.
The BMC "Cowboys" are read for the desert: Florian Stalder, Jackson Stewart, Martin Kohler, Danilo Wyss (will be substituted from Taylor Tolleson), Markus Zberg, Chad Bayer, Brent Bookwalter, Tony Cruz and Directeur Sportif John Lelangue.

Tour of Qatar - Preview & Roster

28. January 2009

Santa Rosa

With the 2009 team training camp in their back pockets, the 8 man squad heading to Qatar feels very much ready to start the year with a bang in Qatar.  "Our goal will be the same for Qatar as it will be for every race we do this year: get results," Directeur Sportif John Lelangue confirmed in no uncertain terms. 

"This year is a year of confirmation for us, so we will be looking for at least a top 10 in every stage and in the GC as well."  Having beefed up the team in general, Lelangue believes that the team going to Qatar will have every possibility of living up to their high expectations:  "We have a stronger group this year, with four very good sprinters to fight in the mass sprints." 

Confident in facing the tough course and stiff competition

Along with Martin Kohler and Tony Cruz, both of whom are returning members of the team, BMC has added current Swiss National Champion and strong sprinter, Markus Zberg to the mix.  "Markus has a great kick and a ton of experience so we are certain that he will be able to make a huge contribution," Lelangue said.  The fast and dangerous Qatar race will be chalked full of top sprinters.  "Though the competition will be very strong with racers like Boonen, Cavendish and Pozzato present, we are confident that the work the guys have done individually combined with the training we had at camp in California will keep us well placed to fight for victories."


Team Roster Tour of Qatar (Feb 1 - Feb 6)
Florian Stalder, Jackson Stewart, Martin Kohler, Taylor Tolleson, Markus Zberg, Chad Bayer, Brent Bookwalter, Tony Cruz

Team Management
John Lelangue