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Alessandro Ballan, winner of the final stage of the Eneco Tour of Benelux, is one of the BMC Racing Team's nine riders for the Vuelta a España. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Alessandro Ballan, winner of the final stage of the Eneco Tour of Benelux, is one of the BMC Racing Team's nine riders for the Vuelta a España. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Past Stage Winners Among BMC Racing Team's Vuelta Roster

14. agosto 2012

The BMC Racing Team's roster for the Vuelta a España will include past stage winners Alessandro Ballan and Philippe Gilbert and provide support for general classification hopefuls Brent Bookwalter and Steve Morabito, Directeur Sportif John Lelangue announced Tuesday.

Plenty of Opportunities
The three-week race that begins Saturday with a team time trial in Pamplona offers a number of opportunities for success for two riders who normally provide important support for others, Lelangue said. "Brent and Steve are the guys who will be protected, but in a different way than when we bring riders like Cadel Evans and Tejay van Garderen to a big tour," Lelangue said. "In that instance, you know you are going for the podium or the top five, which is clearly not the stress or pressure here. The other guys will have individual opportunities to go for stage wins as well."

Hard Race, Tough Competition
Morabito said his training in the Valais area of the Swiss Alps has built on form gained in a runner-up finish at the Tour of Austria in early July. "I had 10 days of very good training up there," Morabito said. "But this Vuelta seems to be very hard with so many mountain-top finishes and so many top riders. I had a lot of fun riding for the GC with the support of the team at Austria so I would like to try that at a WorldTour race." Four of the BMC Racing Team's nine riders will be starting their first Vuelta. Past 2008 Vuelta stage winner and race leader Ballan is coming off a victory at the Eneco Tour of Benelux on Sunday while Gilbert also led the Vuelta while winning a pair of stages in 2010.

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BMC Racing Team Vuelta a España Roster (Aug. 18-Sept. 9):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Steve Cummings (GBR), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA).

Directeur Sportif:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Assistant Directors:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)
Max Sciandri (GBR/ITA)

Doctors:
Dr. Scott Major (USA)
Dr. Giovanni Ruffini (ITA)

Press Officers:
Blandine Roquelet (FRA)
Sean Weide (USA)

Staff:
Bus Drivers: Danny Debuck (BEL), Gianni Cedroni (ITA). Chef: Peter Cambré (BEL). Manual Therapist: Anthony Pauwels (BEL). Mechanics: Kevin Grove (USA), Jürgen Landrie (BEL), Bertrand Lourtie (BEL), Nick Mondelaers (BEL), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Janis Demeurise (BEL), Anthony Lafourte (FRA), Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Marc Paeme (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA).