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Until now, Samuel Sánchez has been riding in a support role for the BMC Racing Team.(©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Until now, Samuel Sánchez has been riding in a support role for the BMC Racing Team.(©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Strong Support For Sánchez At Catalunya

22. March 2014

The BMC Racing Team has assembled a strong team around Samuel Sánchez to support the past Olympic road race champion at Volta a Catalunya, which begins Monday.

Van Garderen Back To Good Health
Overall runner-up in 2012 and a stage winner here in 2007 and 2012, Sánchez said he is ready for his first major stage race of the season. "I am feeling better as time goes by and also with each race I do," Sánchez said. "During Roma Maxima I was there at the end and I expect to continue my improvement, step-by-step." A recent training camp in Italy was extremely helpful, he said. "It was a very positive experience at all levels in a professional environment: from food to masseurs, coaches, mechanics, directors and osteopaths. I also had the chance to meet more teammates and begin a friendly relationship." Sport Director Yvon Ledanois said helping Sánchez go for the overall will be the goal. "This will be a hard race, but Samuel is ready and motived and Tejay van Garderen has recovered well," he said. "We have a good team here and I have confidence they will help our leader make a good result." In his first race of the year, van Garderen was runner-up at the Tour of Oman. But he was stricken by sickness before Paris-Nice and forced to withdraw on Stage 1. "I may be lacking some race rhythm, but I was able to train well the past 10 days," van Garderen said. "My hope is to get stronger throughout the race, earn a top 10 result, and help my teammates if needed. I am also excited to do my first race with Sammy." Among those joining the two are Peter Stetina, who helped a teammate win Catalunya last year, and Darwin Atapuma, who enjoyed a ninth-place finish at Tour de San Luis.

BMC Racing Team Volta a Catalunya Roster (March 24-30):
Darwin Atapuma (COL), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Martin Kohler (SUI), Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Peter Stetina (USA), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Larry Warbasse (USA).

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

Roger Palfreeman (GBR)

Bus Drivers: Mathieu Rompion (FRA), Filip Sercu (BEL). Chef: Jean Patrick Simmoneau (FRA). Mechanics: Peter De Bleecker (BEL), Kevin Grove (USA), Thierry Viaene. Press Officer: Andrea Agostini (ITA). Soigneurs: Kenneth Ellefsen (DEN), Gunther Landrie (BEL), Maria Auxiliadora Martin Morales (ESP), Trudi Rebsamen (USA), Luca Vaiente (ITA).