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Adam Blythe, who won Saturday's Plouay Challenge Sprint Pro, is part of the BMC Racing Team's roster for the new, two-day stage race. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Adam Blythe, who won Saturday's Plouay Challenge Sprint Pro, is part of the BMC Racing Team's roster for the new, two-day stage race. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

New World Ports Classic Full Of Unknowns

28. August 2012

Cobblestone sections, strong winds and possibly adverse weather make the new two-day World Ports Classic a wide open affair, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said.

Team Working Well Together
The WorldTour calendar race begins and ends in the biggest ports of Europe: Rotterdam and Antwerp. Friday's 201-kilometer stage from Rotterdam to Antwerp mirrors the route of the opening stage of the 2010 Tour de France along the North Sea. Like the opening stage, Saturday's 163 km race back to Rotterdam includes cobblestone sectors. "It could be a really windy and strange race," Verbrugghe said. "We're taking a good team that has been working well together at races the past two weeks in Hamburg and Plouay. They can go on the offensive and we have Adam Blythe for the sprint, plus classics guys like Marcus Burghardt, Manuel Quinziato and Greg Van Avermaet." Quinziato said he expects large crowds because Belgium and The Netherlands are so supportive of cycling. "For sure, it's going to be stressful," he said. "We'll try to get Adam in the best possible position if it's a sprint. For me, it will be good training for the world's team time trial."

Click here to download the official BMC Racing Team Race Card (PDF with roster, bios, statistics, etc.).

BMC Racing Team World Ports Classic Roster (Aug. 31-Sept. 1)
Adam Blythe (GBR), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Martin Kohler (SUI), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss

Sport Director:
Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)

Doctor:
Dario Spinelli (ITA)

Press Officer:
Blandine Roquelet (FRA)

Staff:
Bus Driver: Filip Sercu (BEL). Mechanics: Peter De Bleecker (BEL), Bertrand Lourtie (BEL). Soigneurs: Bernd Coutteau (BEL), Janis Demeurise (BEL).