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BMC Team management pleased with the invitation (foto by AbbiOrca.com)
BMC Team management pleased with the invitation (foto by AbbiOrca.com)

BMC proud to be invited to 2009 Paris-Roubaix

12. March 2009

Paris

BMC has succeeded in gaining an invitation to one of the monuments of cycling.  "We are very happy to have been invited to the Paris-Roubaix as it shows the level of confidence that the race organizations have in our future," Directeur Sportif John Lelangue explained.  "It is an incredible race and every one of our riders will be proud to participate." 

The extremely high level of competition will necessitate realistic expectations, as Paris-Roubaix will arguably be the most prestigious and difficult race yet for BMC.  "In such a race, the level is so high that we will need to set attainable objectives," Lelangue said.  "First and foremost we are excited about gaining the experience, and so we will work hard to be aggressive in the breaks and ultimately be there at the end in Roubaix."

Bring a mix of young and experienced riders

Paris-Roubaix is one of those special races that every professional wants to race at least once in a career.  BMC has a stable of young riders who are keen to excel on the cobbles.  "We will certainly bring a group of riders motivated to succeed in the race," Lelangue said.  "Danilo Wyss took a podium place in the U23 race a couple of years ago, so we are counting on young riders like Wyss, Martin Kohler, Thomas Frei and Brent Bookwalter."  Lelangue continued, "I was also very pleased to see how well Ian McKissick handled the cobbles in the most recent races in Flanders, and we will have more experienced riders like Alex Moos, Jeff Louder and Tony Cruz to round out a very strong group."  The team has a full schedule between now and April 12 to help prepare them for their rendezvous with the cobbles.  "I am really proud for the team and know that the guys will arrive at the start line well prepared and motivated," Lelangue concluded.