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Johann Tschopp won a stage of the Giro d'Italia last year. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)
Johann Tschopp won a stage of the Giro d'Italia last year. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)

BMC Racing Team Motivated For Giro d'Italia

3. May 2011

Turin, Italy

Though the BMC Racing Team will not have a leader vying for the overall classification at the Giro d'Italia, the squad is motivated to go for stage wins in the Grand Tour that begins Saturday.

Versatile Line-Up
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the nine-man roster was built to be competitive in each of the 21 stages. "I have confidence in Alexander Kristoff for the sprints, guys like Martin Kohler, Danilo Wyss and Simon Zahner in the breakaways, and climbers like Johann Tschopp and Mathias Frank," Baldato said. "Our three young Americans – Chris Barton, Chad Beyer and Chris Butler –  have a good opportunity for them to show themselves and learn in a big race." Last year, Tschopp soloed to win the Giro's penultimate stage and was third in the mountains classification.

Morale Is Good
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said morale is good and he and Baldato will do their best to share their own knowledge of the race. Both are multiple stage winners at the Giro. "We're very committed, even if we don't have a GC contender, to doing the best we can do," Sciandri said. "Motivation will be a key ingredient because it's going to be a really hard Giro."

BMC Racing Team Giro d'Italia Roster (May 7-29):
Chris Barton (USA), Chad Beyer (USA), Chris Butler (USA), Mathias Frank (SUI), Martin Kohler (SUI), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Johann Tschopp (SUI), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Sport Directors:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)
Max Sciandri (ITA/GBR)

Staff:
Doctors: Giovanni Ruffini (ITA), Max Testa (ITA). Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Kevin Grove (USA), Geert Rombauts (BEL). Soigneurs: Stefano Conti (ITA), Raniero Gradi (ITA), Maarten Vanduffel (BEL), Freddy Viaene (BEL). Bus Driver: Francesco Villa (ITA).