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The BMC Development Team has been training in New Mexico to acclimate to riding at high elevation. (Photo by Scott Nydam, BMC Development Team.)
The BMC Development Team has been training in New Mexico to acclimate to riding at high elevation. (Photo by Scott Nydam, BMC Development Team.)

BMC Development Team Ready For First U.S. Race

27. April 2013

With a successful spring campaign under its belt, the BMC Development Team will compete in its first race in the United States, Silver City's Tour of the Gila, next week.

Race Begins Wednesday
Tour de Normandie winner Silvan Dillier headlines a roster that includes four Americans (T.J. Eisenhart, Paul Lynch, Alexey Vermeulen and Tyler Williams), two Swiss (Dillier and Arnaud Grand), Belgian Loic Vliegen and Jakub Novak of the Czech Republic. Eisenhart said the team is prepared for the five-day race that starts Wednesday. "All of the top Utah riders who I looked up to when I was young have always done really well here – guys like Burke Swindlehurst and Jeff Louder," he said. "So this race is very important to me. I also know it's a very hard one because many American teams bring their guys to this race to prepare for the Amgen Tour of California." Dillier, who will be racing in the U.S. for the first time, said his victory in the week-long Tour de Normandie in France in late March was a confidence builder. "With that win, I know I am at a good level," he said. "It also takes the pressure off of making a good result in the season so I can go into the next races more relaxed. That's how I develop the most."

Adapting To The Altitude
BMC Development Team General Manager Rik Verbrugghe said acclimating to racing at high altitude is important preparation for the Tour of the Gila, so the team has been training in New Mexico since April 22. "It is a new experience for a lot of the guys to race in the high mountains, especially the European guys," he said. "So we will see how they adapt and decide on a leader after a few stages." Verbrugghe said the team's early successes have been nice, but improvement and development are the ultimate goal. In addition to Dillier's win at Normandie – which Eisenhart, Novak and Vliegen were a part of – Stefan Küng won the Giro del Belvedere in Italy on April 1 and Williams was third on the third day of the Arden Challenge in Belgium last week. "We're off to a good start, but we have a lot of racing still ahead of us," Verbrugghe said.

BMC Development Team Silver City's Tour of the Gila roster (May 1-5):
Silvan Dillier (SUI), T.J. Eisenhart (USA), Arnaud Grand (SUI), Paul Lynch (USA), Jakub Novak (CZE), Alexey Vermeulen (USA), Loic Vliegen (BEL), Tyler Williams (USA).

Directeur Sportif:
Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)

Doctor:
Scott Major (USA)

Staff:
Mechanics: Bertrand Lourtie (BEL), Nick Mondelaers (BEL). Soigneurs: Patrice Hemroulle (BEL), Veronika Lenzi (USA), Trudi Rebsamen (USA). Trainer/Performance Advisor: Scott Nydam (USA).