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Reconnaissance of race routes is on the agenda this week for the BMC Racing Team. (Foto BMC Racing Team)
Reconnaissance of race routes is on the agenda this week for the BMC Racing Team. (Foto BMC Racing Team)

Busy Week For The BMC Racing Team

2. March 2010

Frameries, Belgium

There are several objectives on tap for the BMC Racing Team when it competes this week in a pair of races in Belgium and one in Italy while also performing reconnaissance for the Giro d’Italia.

Opportunity For Experience
BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said the two races in Belgium this week – Le Samyn on Wednesday and Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen Friday through Sunday – provide an opportunity for the team’s younger riders to gain experience for upcoming classics like Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. “It’s a good chance for guys like Danilo Wyss, John Murphy, Jackson Stewart and Martin Kohler to test themselves on cobble stones and in these kind of races to play their own card and go for victory,” Lelangue said.

Le Samyn On Wednesday
Having competed in Le Samyn the past two years, the BMC Racing Team knows the 191.9-km race includes some of the same climbs of the Belgium Classics. The three-stage Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen also provides an opportunity to put the team’s BMC bicycles, Easton wheels and components and Hincapie Sportswear clothing to the test in potentially harsh conditions, Lelangue said.

Italian Reconnaissance Race, Rides
A mini training camp for the Giro d’Italia is built around the BMC Racing Team’s participation in Saturday’s single-day race in Italy, Strade Bianche-Eroica. One stage of the Giro will include a portion of the route for the 190 km race, presenting the perfect opportunity for world champion Cadel Evans to get a good look at the terrain for one of his primary objectives of the year. “We’ll also be doing a reconnaissance of the Giro team time trial route on Thursday,” Lelangue said. “On Sunday and Monday, we have two more days of training on the roads, including the first elite climb of the Giro, the Terminillo. It will be good preparation before Tirreno-Adriatico.”

Le Samyn Roster - March 3:
Chad Beyer (USA), Martin Kohler (SUI), Karsten Kroon (NED), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Alex Moos (SUI), Jackson Stewart (USA), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen Roster - March 5-7:
Chad Beyer (USA), Martin Kohler (SUI), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Alex Moos (SUI), John Murphy (USA), Jackson Stewart (USA), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Sport Director:
René Savary (SUI)

Doctor: Dario Spinell (ITA). Mechanics: Ronald Ruymen (BEL), Andy Stone (USA), Nick Vandecauter (BEL). Soigneurs: Eddy De Groote (BEL), Chris De Vos (BEL), Jeremiah Ranegar (USA), Freddy Viaene (BEL).

Strade Bianche-Eroica Roster - March 6:
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Cadel Evans (AUS), Thomas Frei (SUI), Jeff Louder (USA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Michael Schär (SUI).

Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Sport Director:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Assistant Sport Director:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)

Doctor: Giovanni Ruffini (ITA). Mechanics: Kevin Grove (USA), Ian Sherburne (USA), Andy Stone (USA). Soigneurs: Kaycee Evans (USA), Graeme McCallum (RSA).