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Want to become ambassadors for clean and fair sport: The team management and the riders of the BMC Racing Team 2008.
Want to become ambassadors for clean and fair sport: The team management and the riders of the BMC Racing Team 2008.

The «BMC Racing Team» has prepared its first Pro Continental season in California

20. January 2008

Palo Alto

During the ten day training camp, 16 professional cyclists from the United States, South Africa and Switzerland joined together in Palo Alto, a stronghold of cycling near San Francisco. Committed to clean racing, the young American-Swiss professional cycling team aims to become the next sensation at races on both sides of the Atlantic. At the end of January, they will set the ball rolling at the Tour of Qatar, hoping to begin the year with a splash.

The first test for a team management is to bring together a cohesive group of individuals with the right mixture of athletic attributes and like-minded goals. Meticulously choosing each member of staff and riders, the team leaders Gavin Chilcott (General Manager), Charlie Livermore (Training Consultant) and John Lelangue (Directeur Sportif) have found the perfect balance between athletic and interpersonal qualities. Seven riders from the 2007 team have remained, while nine new members have joined. With the average age being 25 years, the happy mixture of seasoned pro and eager youngster promises to win results while building for the future. The most prominent figure of the new riders is the experienced US-American Tony Cruz (formerly Discovery Channel).

The team is the star
General Manager Gavin Chilcott is returning this season to the successful formula of building team spirit. «Even if we have professional team-mates like Mike Sayers, Alex Moos or Tony Cruz, who could become leaders, we have chosen not to have a team leader. We rely on the group», said Chilcott, himself a former pro. The riders can be confident that everything required for a successful season campaign will be provided to them. In addition to the best equipment available, the young team can count on the wide experience of the team management. Three acknowledged experts are at the head of the squad: Gavin Chilcott, Charlie Livermore (former US National Mountain Bike Coach) and the former General Team Manager of the Phonak Cycling Team, the Belgian John Lelangue.

Going on the offensive against doping
The team management takes their responsibility in the fight against doping very seriously. Consequently the BMC Racing Team will work together, effective immediately, with the independent and respected ACE (Agency for Cycling Ethics), an international agency, which will carry out blood and urine tests throughout the entire year. Any deviation in a rider’s values will result in the severest consequences. «We have a zero tolerance for doping. We believe in clean sport and will do everything on our side to set a credible example», said Gavin Chilcott, who was already in his racing days an advocate for clean racing. «Above all, it is important that the riders are convinced of clean sport, as this is the only way to resolve the problem step by step. »

About 100 race days planned
As the year has thus far been scheduled, the BMC Racing Team will compete in about 30 single-day and multi-day races on three continents in its first Pro Continental season. Beside the American tours in California, Georgia, Utah and Missouri, there will be other highlights such as the Tour of Qatar, the Critérium International and the Tour de Wallonie. The American-Swiss Team also would like to participate in the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse, and so will be working toward winning a wild card from the race organizers and the UCI during the early races of the ’08 season. If the team is admitted to the Swiss tours, the four Swiss riders Moos, Bovay, Wyss and Kohler will certainly like to show off the team colours on their home country’s roads.