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Alessandro Ballan has twice finished second at Strade Bianche. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Alessandro Ballan has twice finished second at Strade Bianche. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Reveals Strade Bianche Roster

29. February 2012

Santa Rosa, California

The BMC Racing Team's lineup for Saturday's Strade Bianche includes last year's winner, Philippe Gilbert, and runner-up, Alessandro Ballan. It also marks the first race of the year for George Hincapie, who begins his 19th season.

Gilbert: 'No Stress'

Gilbert said he is feeling no pressure as the defending champion. "I will start this race with motivation because it's a nice race," the Belgian national champion said. "My feeling was not great last weekend like last year at the same moment. But there's still no stress for me. The season is long and my goals will come later." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the team, which also includes defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, is anxious to perform well in the 190-kilometer race. "I know Alessandro (runner-up in both 2011 and 2008) is especially in good shape and motivated," Baldato said.

BMC Racing Team Strade Bianche Roster (March 3):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Adam Blythe (GBR), Cadel Evans (AUS), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), George Hincapie (USA), Martin Kohler (SUI), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

President/General Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Sport Directors:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)
John Lelangue (BEL)

Staff:
Chief Communications Officer: Georges Lüchinger (LIE). Doctor: Giovanni Ruffini (ITA). Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Nick Mondaelaers (BEL), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: David Bombeke (BEL), Robert Grabowski (POL), Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA). Bus Driver: Gianni Cedroni (ITA).