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BMC's General Manager Gavin Chilcott is very optimistic. (Foto by Mark Adkinson)
BMC's General Manager Gavin Chilcott is very optimistic. (Foto by Mark Adkinson)

Gavin Chilcott: "I believe that the team has a very realistic chance for a top result".

22. May 2008

Santa Rosa

Looking forward to the Tour de Leelanau, I believe that the team has a very realistic chance for a top result.  In fact, I am certain that it is within the team's capabilities to win, and I will be disappointed if we are not represented on the podium.

As the course profile shows, the course is hilly despite the lack of distinct decisive climbs.  I think that attrition and fatigue will play a role in the outcome of the race, but the parcourse is not so severe that the race will be won on fitness alone. Certainly it will be tactical, and the dynamics of controlling the race will be important. The team's own Brent Bookwalter calls Michigan his "home state" and he is a bit of a local sports celebrity. I expect a strong and motivated performance from Brent, who is already in Michigan with his family.  This will be Brent's first races back on American soil following his trip to Europe for the Tours de Romandie and Picardie.

Tony Cruz is back

I am also anxious to see Tony Cruz coming back from his injury incurred in Belgium this Spring.  Tony was not at peak form during the Tour de Picardie, but he rode very well and will be able to build on the fitness gained during his recent European racing. Others on the team such as Jonathan Garcia, Darren Lill, Jackson Stewart, Mike Sayers, and Taylor Tolleson will be rested and retrained from Tour of Georgia; some having also contested Mt. Hood to further build their fitness.  The same goes for Ian McKissick, who himself followed the Tour of Romandie with the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. Overall the team is well-rounded and suited to the rigors of the up and down course.  Given the team's program so far this year, the harder the race is the more competitive the team will be.  We have to hope for hard, aggressive racing.  I am very optmitistic.