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Cadel Evans has overall wins at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie to his credit this year. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans has overall wins at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie to his credit this year. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Reveals Tour de France Roster

19. June 2011

Santa Rosa, California

The BMC Racing Team's squad for the Tour de France is one built around solely supporting world road champion Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said Sunday as he revealed the nine-man line-up for the world's most prestigious bicycle race.

Well-Balanced Team
Joining Evans for the three-week event that begins July 2 are: Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, George Hincapie, Amaël Moinard, Steve Morabito, Ivan Santaromita, Manuel Quinziato and Michael Schär. Evans has won two of four stage races he has participated in this season: Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy in March and the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland in May. He finished runner-up in a third (Critérium du Dauphiné in France) last week. Lelangue said the two-time Tour de France runner-up (2007, 2008) will have fresh legs around him, as no one on the squad competed at the Giro d'Italia. "We have a well-balanced team – between the experienced classics riders, who will help keep Cadel out of trouble – as well as the riders who are there for the middle and high-mountain stages," Lelangue said. "We also have a good squad for the team time trial, even if it is a short one (22 kilometers)."

Hincapie's 16th Appearance
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the team recognized the need to bolster its support for Evans, who held the race lead for one day at last year's Tour before being diagnosed with a broken elbow. Evans went on to finish 26th. "Last year versus this year, we are in a better position to take on the Tour de France," Ochowicz said. "We recognized we needed to get a little bit more support for Cadel in the mountains. But we still have guys with lots of experience like George (Hincapie) and (Marcus) Burghardt to help him, too." Hincapie will be making his 16th Tour de France start, tying Joop Zoetemelk's  participation record. A three-time U.S. national road champion, Hincapie has finished 14 Tours and is the only supporting rider to ever be on a Tour-winning team eight times.

BMC Racing Team Tour de France Roster (July 2-24)
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Cadel Evans (AUS), George Hincapie (USA), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA) and Michael Schär (SUI).