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Steve Cummings soloed to win Stage 13 of the Vuelta a España last month. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Steve Cummings soloed to win Stage 13 of the Vuelta a España last month. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Reveals Roster For Beijing

4. October 2012

The BMC Racing Team's seven-rider roster for the season-ending Tour of Beijing includes Vuelta a España stage winner Steve Cummings and Taylor Phinney, silver medalist at the UCI world time trial championships.

Frank An Option For The Overall
Cummings finished fourth in last year's inaugural edition of the race, which begins Tuesday and comprises five road stages. Improving on that performance, Cummings said, might be difficult. "There's no time trial this time and that was a difference-maker last year," he said. "I've also been pretty tired since the world championships so I think it's going to be a hard race for me with the travel, the food and such. But it's the same for everyone." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said Mathias Frank is another option for the overall while Phinney and Klaas Lodewyck will have their eyes on stage wins. "We'll take things day-by-day when it comes to the stages, but always keep an eye on the overall," Sciandri said. Frank and Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler also competed in the BMC Racing Team's season-opening race, the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia in January. "It's been a long season," Frank said. "But this will be a nice race to finish it out."

Download the official race card (PDF with roster, bios, statistics, etc.): bit.ly/ReRmYs

BMC Racing Team Tour of Beijing Roster (Oct. 9-13):
Steve Cummings (GBR), Mathias Frank (SUI), Martin Kohler (SUI), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Taylor Phinney (USA), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

Sport Directors:
Max Sciandri (GBR/ITA)
Michael Sayers (USA)

Doctor:
Dario Spinelli (ITA)

Staff:
Mechanics: Danny Debuck (BEL), Kevin Grove (USA). Press Officer: Sean Weide (USA). Soigneurs: Bernd Coutteau (BEL), Marc Paeme (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA).