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BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz (center) visited with Directeur Sportif John Lelangue (right) and Assistant Director Max Sciandri at the finish. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz (center) visited with Directeur Sportif John Lelangue (right) and Assistant Director Max Sciandri at the finish. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 20: Assessing The Race

8. settembre 2012

On the eve of the final stage of the Vuelta a España, BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said he was happy with the team's results that have included three stage wins.

Finishing All Nine Riders
Arriving at the summit of the climb of Bola del Mundo Saturday in time to see the finish of the last of eight major mountain stages, Ochowicz said the BMC Racing Team's ambitions were clear from the start: to chase stage wins. "And the team came through," he said. "Three stage wins at a grand tour is a great accomplishment. We're happy with the results. It's also nice to see a grand tour again with all nine riders finishing. It's a big accomplishment not only for the riders, but also for the staff. They kept the riders healthy and in the race throughout the whole three weeks." Philippe Gilbert won Stages 9 and 19 while Steve Cummings soloed to victory on Stage 13. "We're ending on a high note," Ochowicz said. "We still have more season ahead of us. The world championships are right around the corner. So this is a good foundation for the next set of races." In Saturday's stage, BMC Racing Team's Klaas Lodewyck rode in the breakaway before Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) won the stage. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) leads Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) by 1:16 with only Sunday's 115 km race to Madrid to go.