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BMC Racing Team in the Tour of Switzerland

27. March 2008

26 March, 2008

It was announced today that IMG (Suisse) SA, the organizer of the Tour de Suisse, has extended a Wild Card to the BMC Racing Team.

The Swiss-American racing team had already secured multiple prestigious invitations this year, including invitations to the upcoming Criterium International and the Tour of Romandie.  Expectations for a Swiss invitation were high, but nobody on the team was taking anything for granted.  “When you are not a ProTour team you are never sure of an invitation,” Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said after hearing of the invitation.  “But even though we do not have a big named leader,” Lelangue explained, “we have Alex Moos who has performed at a high level for many years, and we also have three of the brightest young Swiss racers on our roster.”

The BMC Racing Team will count on bringing a motivated team to the Tour.  “On a sporting level the tours of Romandie and Switzerland are historic races,” Lelangue said.  “They are also ProTour races, so our Swiss team members will be interested in showing their skills in front of a home crowd, and our American riders will be interested in gaining experience and confidence racing against the big guns of the European peloton.”  At this point in the team’s growth, their philosophy is not to have one main leader, but rather to work as a team, and race opportunistically and aggressively.  “We are not planning on winning the overall,” Lelangue said, “but we will certainly bring our best team with the ambition to be an animator and attack the race head on.”