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Cadel Evans and his Easton-equipped BMC conquered abysmal conditions on Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Cadel Evans and his Easton-equipped BMC conquered abysmal conditions on Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Preparation Key Component To BMC Racing Team's Success

18. November 2010

Santa Rosa, California

Course reconnaissance and well-planned mechanical preparation were two important ingredients to success for the BMC Racing Team throughout the 2010 season.

The Ultimate Test: Strade Bianche
There was no better example of this strategy instituted by Directeur Sportif John Lelangue than during Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia. The 220-kilometer race included two sections of hard-packed dirt roads known as "Strade Bianche." (Translation: "white roads.") But on this cold day in May, driving rain turned the course into a muddy, brown quagmire – putting both man and machinery to the test in the most extreme of conditions.

Reliable Equipment Key
But the BMC Racing Team was ready. Chief Mechanic Ian Sherburne and his staff had prepared the BMCs and their components well. Motorex lubes and cleaners were used aplenty, Speedplay pedals were checked and double-checked. Elite Pase carbon water bottle cages – featuring a unique shape – ensured that Elite bottles would remain in place on the roughest of roads. The combination of readiness and reconnaissance of the race course two months prior helped world champion Cadel Evans slog his way to victory.

'Good Easton Wheels'
"I'm really proud of all the guys and the staff, who worked hard to prepare everything for today," Lelangue said afterwards. "We changed Cadel's BMC at 120 kilometers to make sure we had good Easton wheels and we had people stationed on the dirt roads with another spare BMC and wheels." The same formula for success manifested itself again at the Tour de France on a cobblestoned Stage 3. That day, Evans made the decisive front group and moved into third overall. "Just to get through it as a GC rider – and get through it without losing any time – was all that I wanted," Evans said. "We spent a lot of time getting ready for this key stage."