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The team seems to be on course – Head Directeur Sportif  John Lelangue and World Road Champion Cadel Evans know which direction they're heading in – towards success. (Photo Georges Luechinger BMC Racing Team Media Service)
The team seems to be on course – Head Directeur Sportif John Lelangue and World Road Champion Cadel Evans know which direction they're heading in – towards success. (Photo Georges Luechinger BMC Racing Team Media Service)

BMC Racing Team has arrived in the first division!

24. January 2010

Adelaide

Having just completed their first race of the new season, the UCI ProContinental BMC Racing Team has proved it has what it takes to compete at the highest level.  Their appearance at the Tour Down Under drew rave reviews from all sides.  To top off the event, the “Red Devils” played a very active role in the final stage which was eventually won by Australian Chris Sutton in a spectacular mass sprint. 

The Chief Directeur Sportif John Lelangue and his team travelled to the race with two principle purposes: to unite together as a cohesive group and to make use of every chance to be noticed as a force in the event.  “We not only achieved but exceeded each goal. During the races and at the hotel, our time in Australia was very well spent and the experience will continue to be very helpful to us,” Lelangue explained.  From a sporting point of view, the team united around Cadel Evans and provided quite a few race highlights.  First to ignite the team efforts, Martin Kohler joined the most important breakaway of the first stage, and won the lead in the Sprint and Best Young Rider competitions.  In the final tally, Cadel Evans finished sixth overall in his first race with his new squad, the BMC Racing Team.  Andre Greipel repeated his victory from two years ago and proved he is a sprinter for January. 

“Cadel Mania” wherever you look

Danilo Wyss added to the BMC results with two top 10 stage finishes while in the race’s queen stage, World Champion Cadel Evans attacked and gambled on victory, inciting the Australian crowd to such a state of euphoria as to make many believe the day to have been the best racing ever seen on Australian soil.  “That was the best day of racing that the Tour Down Under has ever had,” race director Mike Turtur enthused.  For his efforts, Evans was awarded with the jersey for Most Aggressive Rider.  Add that to his third place in stage three and fourth place in stage five, and the new star of the BMC Racing Team has every reason to be content with his 2010 Tour Down Under.  “It has been a very good week for me and the team.  We have really had a lot of fun together.  And the support the team provided for me has really been impressive.  I am looking forward to the rest of the season and am convinced that the BMC Racing Team can deliver a lot more exciting racing throughout the year.”  The 32 year old Australian can certainly count on the support from his fans.  Regardless of where he went, he was received enthusiastically by countless supporters.

Lots of interest in BMC Bikes and Hincapie Sportswear

The team’s main sponsor, Swiss bicycle manufacturer BMC, has also profited greatly from the team’s strong performance at the Tour Down Under.  The local dealers have already felt a surge of demand and the first available jerseys from Hincapie Sportswear are flying off the shelves.  Three hundred sets have been sold in only three days.  So it is no surprise that BMC owner Andy Rihs felt very content after his brief visit with the team for the first two stages of the race.  “It is absolutely fantastic that a team like ours is already working together so well after so few days actually racing together.  And the appearance of Cadel Evans as the World Road Race Champion and BMC ambassador has greatly impressed not only me but also many Australians, which has been confirmed by their enormous interest in BMC bikes and Hincapie Sportswear.”  While the European members of the BMC team will leave Australia and travel directly back to their homes in Europe, Cadel Evans, George Hincapie and John Lelangue will travel on Monday to California.  There they will join the rest of the team for the remainder of the training camp which will last until next Sunday.