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Tim Roe was part of a breakaway in the 2011 edition of the Santos Tour Down Under. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Tim Roe was part of a breakaway in the 2011 edition of the Santos Tour Down Under. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

2012 Begins At Santos Tour Down Under

22. November 2011

Santa Rosa, California

The BMC Racing Team will open its 2012 season at the Santos Tour Down Under with a lineup that includes Australian Tim Roe and Paris-Tours winner Greg Van Avermaet.

Not Just For Sprinters

BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said the six-stage race that begins Jan. 17 might play out differently than past editions. "It's always been more of a sprinter's race, but this year could be different because Stage 5 finishes at the top of Old Willunga Hill," Verbrugghe said. Van Avermaet will be making his first appearance in the race. "Australia is becoming a big cycling country," the winner of the Tour of Wallonie said. "I'm looking forward to starting my season there. Hopefully, I can start the new season like I finished 2011." Roe said he is also excited to be in the BMC Racing Team's seven-man line-up. "It's not only my home race, but I train on many of the same roads in the race and it's always fun to ride in front of big crowds," Roe said. "They really get behind the race."

BMC Racing Team Santos Tour Down Under Roster (Jan. 17-22):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Adam Blythe (GBR), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Martin Kohler (SUI), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Tim Roe (AUS), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

Sport Director:
Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)

Staff:
Chief Communications Officer: Georges Lüchinger (LIE). Doctor: Scott Major (USA). Mechanics: Nick Mondelaers (BEL), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Chris De Vos (BEL), Matt Excell (AUS), Stefano Rubino (ITA).