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Alex Moos  have the experience and talent to be in the top 10 of this race. Photo: Tim De Waele
Alex Moos have the experience and talent to be in the top 10 of this race. Photo: Tim De Waele

BMC ready to bring A-Game to Romandie

24. April 2009

Santa Rosa/Lausanne

With the start of the Tour of Romandie just days away, the BMC Racing Team is putting the finishing touches on their preparation for their first ProTour stage race of the season. This will be the second year in a row that they have taken the start of the second biggest stage race in Switzerland, and the team's overall goals will reflect the growth the team has experienced in the past year.

Confident that they are fielding a strong group of riders, the management has every expectation that the team will be placing riders in the top 10 of individual stages as well as in the overall General Classification.  BMC will be sending Jeff Louder, Alex Moos, Ian McKissick, Mathias Frank, Markus Zberg, Danilo Wyss, Brent Bookwalter and Steve Bovay to Romandie.  “The Tour de Romandie has special importance to the team.  Enthusiasm for BMC is strong in Romandie, and the Tour de Romandie organization has been supportive of our project.  We intend to show our Swiss sponsors, and our Swiss fans, a strong performance,” says Team Manager Gavin Chilcott.

Confident in strong leaders

"We believe that we have put together a roster which is stronger than what we had last year, and consequently we expect to figure more prominently in the top 10 of the event," Directeur Sportif John Lelangue explained.  "We are bringing Jeff Louder and Alex Moos who have the experience and talent to be in the top 10 of this race, and we also have two young guys in Ian McKissick and Mathias Frank who have some room to learn, but also a lot of potential for a race of this calibre."  Louder's recent successes at Redlands and Circuit de la Sarthe, and Moos' strong ride at Paris-Roubaix indicate that both leaders are in the sort of form needed to lead the squad at Romandie.  "We will start the race with an eye to protecting all four of these riders, and then see how the race unfolds to decide which one or two of them will have the best opportunity to be highly placed come Geneva," Lelangue explained.

Fast finishers for the sprints

BMC will be proud to have the current Swiss National Champion racing for the team in such an important Swiss event.  "Markus Zberg will be one of the guys we will depend on to be well placed at the sprint finishes," Lelangue said.  "We will also have Danilo Wyss there who has completely recovered from the sprained finger he suffered at Paris-Roubaix."  Both Zberg and Wyss will also be expected to find their ways into prime breakaway opportunities.  "Brent Bookwalter and Steve Bovay are riding very strongly now and we will be looking to them to get into breaks and help the GC leaders on the team," Lelangue said.  "Judging by how well he has been riding lately, Steve should be a huge help to the leaders in the mountains."  

Tricky parcours, demanding race

Aside from a short prologue time trial, each day of the Tour of Romandie could act as a decisive stage for the overall victory.  "Every stage is tough at Romandie," Lelangue explained.  "It is always aggressive and the route is always challenging; every day is the trickiest day."  An unusual addition for the 2009 event will be a team time trial instead of the usual individual race against the clock.  "Team time trials are a risky business because everyone on the team is in the same boat," Lelangue said.  "If things go well then we will have a better chance of limiting our losses to the real TT specialists, however if something goes wrong, then everyone suffers the same time deficit."  One of Lelangue's greatest concerns for this event was to get together a cohesive group that would be able to work seamlessly in the team effort against the clock.  "We have brought the strongest possible group for this discipline," Lelangue revealed.  "We can be very confident and happy that we can bring the mix of guys that we have here."   

One year later

“The team has come a long way during the last year.  Riders, staff and management have all worked hard.  Progress is always hard-earned in professional cycling, and the Tour de Romandie will be an important benchmark to gauge our gains.  This is a big motivation for all of us,” comments Chilcott.

BMC Racing Team für Tour de Romandie:

Alex Moos, Danilo Wyss, Markus Zberg, Jeff Louder, Steve Bovay, Brent Bookwalter, Ian McKissick, Mathias Frank

Directeur Sportif
John Lelangue, René Savary