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The two races that open the European schedule of Cadel Evans are in the same region of Switzerland where he makes his home during the season. (Tim de Waele photo.)
The two races that open the European schedule of Cadel Evans are in the same region of Switzerland where he makes his home during the season. (Tim de Waele photo.)

One-Day Races Open World Champion’s Euro Schedule

25. February 2010

Lugano, Switzerland

World road champion Cadel Evans takes the first pedal strokes of his 2010 European campaign for the BMC Racing Team this weekend in a pair of one-day races in Italy and Switzerland.

Evans Has Other Objectives

Even though Evans will wear bib No. 1 for Saturday’s GP dell'Insubria in Italy, expectations are “not big,” BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said. “I think we all know Cadel has other objectives for this season – the main ones are always the Giro d’Italia in May and the Tour de France in July. For him, he’s already done a good Tour Down Under in January and he got good training in earlier this month in California. So it’s nice for him to be back here and have some races where he’s going to test himself.” The region in which both races take place is near the Australian’s “second home” in Switzerland, not far from where Evans earned his world title last September.

Santambrogio Top 10 In 2009
Lelangue said the BMC Racing Team’s strategy for the 113-mile (181.8 km) point-to-point race involves a number of riders, not just Evans. Italian Mauro Santambrogio finished ninth here a year ago (racing for Lampre-NGC) and three of the past four winners of the race have been Italians. Sunday’s 111-mile (178.5 km) GP di Lugano promises to be similar, Lelangue said, due to the tricky nature of the five laps of a figure-eight, 35-kilometer circuit running southwest and northeast of Lugano, Switzerland. “We have to be offensive,” he said, “because all eight of our guys have a chance to be in the group. It can go to a sprint or it can be won in a breakaway. It’s a really difficult race to predict.”

BMC Racing Team Roster:
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SUI), Thomas Frei (SUI), Jeff Louder (USA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Florian Stalder (SUI).

Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Sport Director:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Press Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Staff:
Mechanics: Ian Sherburne (USA), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Kaycee Evans (USA), Graeme McCallum (RSA), Trudi Rebsamen (USA).