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Marcus Burghardt will be one of the team's protected riders at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Marcus Burghardt will be one of the team's protected riders at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Ready For First Belgian Classics

23. febbraio 2011

Ghent, Belgium

Two weeks of hard racing in the heat and wind in the Arabian Peninsula have prepared the BMC Racing Team for the opening weekend of spring classics.

Burghardt, Van Avermaet Impressive
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he is impressed with the form of Greg Van Avermaet and Marcus Burghardt heading into Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Saturday) and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (Sunday). Van Avermaet was in 10th overall until a crash on the final day of the Tour of Oman. Burghardt finished ninth overall at the Tour of Qatar and was in breakaways of 195 and 140 kilometers in the Tour of Oman. "Those breakaways were good preparation and training for this weekend," Burghardt said.

Good Teamwork
Lelangue said he is pleased with the BMC Racing Team's spirit of teamwork. "It was a bit difficult in the first stages of Qatar but in the second part of the race and all through the Tour of Oman, the guys were really riding well together and working well as a team," he said. The BMC Racing Team will field different rosters for the two races.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Roster (Feb. 26):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Karsten Kroon (NED), John Murphy (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne Roster (Feb. 27):
Karsten Kroon (NED), Jeff Louder (USA), John Murphy (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Simon Zahner (SUI).

Sport Directors:
John Lelangue (BEL), Michael Sayers (USA).

Staff:
Doctor: Dario Spinelli (ITA). Mechanics: Ian Sherburne (USA), Nick Vandecauter (BEL). Soigneurs: Chris De Vos (BEL), Trudi Rebsamen (USA), Freddy Viaene (BEL). Bus Driver: Danny Debuck (BEL).