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Alessandro Ballan (left), Cadel Evans (center) and George Hincapie will lead the team at the Tour de France. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Alessandro Ballan (left), Cadel Evans (center) and George Hincapie will lead the team at the Tour de France. (Tim de Waele photo.)

BMC Racing Team Announces Tour de France Roster

25. June 2010

Santa Rosa / Aigle

World road champion Cadel Evans, U.S national road champion George Hincapie and former world road champion Alessandro Ballan headline the BMC Racing Team's roster for its first Tour de France.

Setting Objectives
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue announced the team's nine-man roster for the 21-day, 3,642-kilometer race which begins July 3 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Joining Evans (AUS), Hincapie (USA) and Ballan (ITA) are Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Mathias Frank (SUI), Karsten Kroon (NED), Steve Morabito (SUI) and Mauro Santambrogio (ITA). Evans, Hincapie, Burghardt and Kroon are all past Tour stage winners.

Strong Team Support
Lelangue said the team's sole objective is to be competitive and to make the best result. "The best result for the BMC Racing Team is looking to the highest step on the podium," Lelangue said. "With Cadel, we come to the Tour clearly with one objective – one leader. All of the team will be focusing on supporting him." Nearly 25 years after Jim Ochowicz made history by managing the first American team in the Tour in 1986, the BMC Racing Team's president said he has realistic expectations. "We’ll have our day in the sun there and we’ll have some tough days as well," Ochowicz said. "But overall, it will be a great experience for the BMC Racing Team."

Evans Experiencing Success
Evans is a two-time Tour runner-up (2007, 2008) and was fifth overall at the Giro d'Italia this year. The Australian said his season has gone well, but he hopes for more. "Leading into the Tour, things seem to be coming together," Evans said. "For me, the Giro was a bit more fatiguing than I expected, possible because of the health problems I encountered. We will see during the Tour how my alternative race program goes."

Hincapie: Tough First Week
Hincapie will be making his 15th Tour start, one shy of Joop Zoetemelk's record.
The three-time U.S. national champion said the first week of the Tour may figure prominently. "There are cobblestones in the mix and small roads and wind and possible bad weather conditions, so it can be very hectic," he said. "I think the first week this year can blow the whole race wide open."

Ballan On Form To Help
Missing the Giro was a disappointment for Ballan. But the 2008 world road champion said he is on form and ready to support Evans. "I was most worried about not returning in time to be selected for the Tour de France," Ballan said. "I had hoped to help Cadel at the Giro but was unable to participate. Now I can work 100 percent for him at the Tour."

BMC Racing Team Tour de France Roster (July 3-25)
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SUI), George Hincapie (USA), Karsten Kroon (NED), Steve Morabito (SUI), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA).

General Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Directeur Sportif:
John Lelangue (BEL)

Assistant Sport Director:
Michael Sayers (USA)

Press Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Doctors: Dario Spinelli (ITA), Max Testa (ITA). Hospitality Manager: Jacques Michaud (FRA). Mechanics: Kevin Grove (USA), Ian Sherburne (USA), Nick Vandecauter (BEL). Physical Therapist: David Bombeke (BEL). Soigneurs: Kaycee Evans (USA), Graeme McCallum (RSA), Jeremiah Ranegar (USA), Trudi Rebsamen (USA). Chefs: Peter Cambre (BEL), Jean Patrick Simonneau (FRA). Bus Driver: Francis Bur (FRA).