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The BMC Racing Team got a good look at the cobblestones Thursday. ©BMC/Tim de Waele.
The BMC Racing Team got a good look at the cobblestones Thursday. ©BMC/Tim de Waele.

Ballan, Hincapie To Lead BMC Racing Team At Roubaix

8. April 2011

Compiègne, France

A pair of previous podium finishers, Alessandro Ballan and George Hincapie, will lead the BMC Racing Team Sunday at Paris-Roubaix.

Experienced Team

Ballan has a pair of third place finishes (2006, 2008) to his credit while Hincapie counts a second (2005) and two fourths (1999, 2001) among his seven top 10 placings in 15 starts. "Our team is strong and we've had a good run at the classics so far," Hincapie said. "We've been knocking on the door for a victory for awhile, so hopefully we'll have the luck and a great race." BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he anticipates dry conditions for the 258-kilometer classic that includes 27 cobblestone sections. "It will be a good elimination race," Lelangue said. "We have shown we have a strong team so we can be confident."

Download the Paris-Roubaix Race Card (PDF):

BMC Racing Team Paris-Roubaix Roster (April 10):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), George Hincapie (USA), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

President/General Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Directeur Sportif:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Assistant Director:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)

Dario Spinelli (ITA)

VIP Program:
Jacques Michaud (FRA)

Press Officer:
Sean Weide (USA)

Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Jürgen Landrie (BEL), Ian Sherburne (USA), Nick Vandecauter (BEL). Soigneurs: Chris De Vos (BEL), Jeremiah Ranegar (USA), Freddy Viaene (BEL). Bus Driver: Filip Sercu (BEL).