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Cadel Evans will race the Giro d'Italia for the first time since 2002. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Cadel Evans will race the Giro d'Italia for the first time since 2002. (Tim de Waele photo.)

BMC Racing Team Pleased With Giro d’Italia Invitation

24. March 2010

Santa Rosa, California

The announcement of an invitation to the Giro d’Italia presents the BMC Racing Team with an opportunity to showcase the talent of world champion Cadel Evans. The 3,418 km race runs May 8-30, beginning in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam and ending in Verona, Italy.

Preparation Began Months Ago

“It’s going to be a very difficult race,” BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said. “All the big champions have been there and all the big champions have won it. So going to the Giro with the world champion with the objective to be competitive and try to do our best to be on the podium with Cadel and have a strong team with him is a big satisfaction for the team.” Lelangue said the team’s preparation for the race began months ago. “It’s one of our main objectives of the season,” he said. “Without even being selected, we have done a lot of reconnaissance of some stages, including the team time trial, the Strade Bianche and two of the other mountain stages.”

Evans Eyes ‘Interesting’ Stages
Cadel Evans has only participated in the Giro one time, finishing 14th in the 2002 edition. The Australian said he is looking forward to returning to the race, which was his first participation in a Grand Tour. “I’m looking forward to the interesting stages, such as the Strade Bianche, Plan de Corones and Zoncolan,” the world champion said. “Whether they suit me or not, I don’t know. We’ll find out when we get there.”

Team’s First Grand Tour
President Jim Ochowicz, who guided the American 7-Eleven team in its first Giro in 1985, said the BMC Racing Team is looking forward to the first Grand Tour in its three-year history with great anticipation. “With Cadel, we have one of the contenders for the Giro within our own ranks, so that’s going to be fun to move through the race and see how it develops over the three weeks,” Ochowicz said.