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Three-time U.S. national road champion George Hincapie (left) and BMC Team President Jim Ochowicz (right) visited Andreas Knickman (center) and his father, Roy (back row, left) and brother, Bo (back row, right). / Photo courtesy, Dr. Max Testa
Three-time U.S. national road champion George Hincapie (left) and BMC Team President Jim Ochowicz (right) visited Andreas Knickman (center) and his father, Roy (back row, left) and brother, Bo (back row, right). / Photo courtesy, Dr. Max Testa

Training Camp Diary: A Special Visit

31. January 2010

Members of the BMC Racing Team took a break from training camp to pay a visit to Andreas Knickman, a 14-year-old Californian who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.

The Story Behind Andreas
Andreas Knickman is the son of former professional Roy Knickman, who was a member of the 7-Eleven team that BMC President Jim Ochowicz managed in the 80s. Andreas was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last July. Since then, he has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy (with more to go) and had surgery in October to remove the lower 10 inches of his femur and knee and replace them with prosthetic parts. Despite his situation, Andreas remains upbeat and takes pride in the lego collection he and his younger brother, Bo, have built in the family’s living room.

Supporting The Knickmans
With the team’s training camp headquartered less than 20 miles away, members of the BMC Racing Team ventured to the Knickman’s home Friday to visit Andreas and his family. Roy Knickman and his wife, Debbie, were first greeted by George Hincapie, Ochowicz and the team’s chief physician, Dr. Max Testa. Hincapie presented Andreas with an autographed photo while Ochowicz had a BMC Racing Team jersey autographed by the team for him. Later, other members of the BMC Racing Team and staff paid a visit and enjoyed meeting Andreas and hearing stories of Roy’s new career as a firefighter in Paso Robles, Calif.

For More Information
To learn more about Andreas Knickman and find out how you can lend your support to him and his family, visit: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/andreasknickman