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Greg Van Avermaet is a former points classification winner at the Vuelta a España. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet is a former points classification winner at the Vuelta a España. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Readies For First Vuelta

17. August 2011

Benidorm, Spain

The BMC Racing Team's lineup for its first Vuelta a España is geared toward looking for opportunities in breakaways and stage wins, Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said.

Plenty Of Options

"We don't have the same objective as we had at the Tour de France – like supporting one leader," Lelangue said. "This race is wide open for all the guys." The BMC Racing Team brings a number of potential stage winners to the three-week race that begins with a team time trial Saturday in Benidorm, Spain. Greg Van Avermaet and Taylor Phinney will figure in the sprints while Mathias Frank, Ivan Santaromita and Johann Tschopp could also pursue general classification aspirations given the race's six mountain finishes, Lelangue said. Van Avermaet, winner of the Tour de Wallonie and runner-up at the Tour de Belgium, might also contend for the points jersey – a classification he won at the 2008 Vuelta. "We know he's pretty good on the tough finishes and getting in breakaways," Lelangue said.

Phinney's First Grand Tour
Phinney said he brings good form and increased confidence into his first Grand Tour appearance. Last week, he won the Eneco Tour prologue and scored five top 10 finishes on the way to fourth place overall. "I'm looking forward to this race and I'm really excited to see what we can accomplish as a group," the reigning Under 23 world time trial champion said. "We have the potential to have a good Vuelta and I hope to be able to contribute to that. I think this will be a good experience for me. Looking forward to the worlds, this is the best preparation that I can think of."

BMC Racing Team Vuelta a España Roster (Aug. 20-Sept. 11):
Mathias Frank (SUI), Martin Kohler (SUI), Karsten Kroon (NED), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Johann Tschopp (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

General Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Directeur Sportif:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Assistant Directors:
Max Sciandri (ITA/GBR)
Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)

Giovanni Ruffini (ITA)
Dario Spinelli (ITA)

Press Officer:
Sean Weide (USA)

Chef: Peter Cambre (BEL). Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Nick Mondelaers (BEL), Geert Rombauts (BEL), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Stefano Conti (ITA), Chris De Vos (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA), Filip Sercu (BEL), Freddy Viaene (BEL). Bus Driver: Francesco Villa (ITA).