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Danilo Wyss scored three top 10 finishes at Paris-Nice in 2011. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Danilo Wyss scored three top 10 finishes at Paris-Nice in 2011. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Blythe and Lodewyck Sign, Wyss Renews

27. September 2011

Santa Rosa, California

Adam Blythe and Klaas Lodewyck, a pair of teammates of world-ranked No. 1 Philippe Gilbert, will join the BMC Racing Team for 2012. The squad also announced it is extending the contract of Swiss rider Danilo Wyss.

Two Young Talents

"We are pleased to welcome both Klaas and Adam to the BMC Racing Team family," President and General Manager Jim Ochowicz said. "They are both young talents that are fast, strong and ready to lend their skills to the BMC Racing Team. We will especially be looking to them to support our team leaders during the classics season and throughout the rest of the season." No terms of either riders' contracts were announced. Ochowicz said the re-signing of Wyss, who has been with the BMC Racing Team since 2008, keeps the squad's classics roster solid. "Danilo has spent the last several years improving his skills as a teammate for the classics riders on the team and he will maintain this role again next season," Ochowicz said.

Blythe: Looking To Improve
Blythe, 21, had podium finishes this year that included third at GP Stad Zottegem, third on Stage 2 of the Ster ZLM Tour and third on the opening stage of Ronde van Drenthe. Last year, the British rider won two stages and the overall at Circuit Franco-Belge. "The BMC Racing Team wants to make me a better bike rider, which is what I really need at the moment," Blythe said. "I would like to go for some stages in races like the Eneco Tour next year, but my main goal is to get onto the classics team. I think it will very hard, though."

Lodewyck: 'A Big Challenge'
Lodewyck, 23, won two races in Belgium this year (Kortemark, Borsbeek) and was runner-up in a third (Wanzele) while finishing his first Giro d'Italia (147th). The Belgian said the level of professionalism of the organization attracted him to the BMC Racing Team. "If I want to make the next step in my career, it's important to go to a team that can bring me to a higher level," Lodewyck said. "I want to try and perform well the whole year and maybe try to win a nice race. It's also important for me to help the other big riders on the team. That will be a big challenge for me."