– 2010 – BMC Racing Team apply for UCI Wild Card
The team’s marquee signings George Hincapie, Alessandro Ballan and World Champion Cadel Evans will lead an international line-up as the team looks towards what they hope will be a busy schedule of top-level races.
“The past two seasons we have grown into a strong team, and combining that with the big recruitment effort we have made this year, we expect to be competitive in every race we enter from the one day classics to the one week stage races to the Grand Tours,” said the team’s Directeur Sportif John Lelangue.
In addition to US Champion Hincapie, Italian Ballan and Australian Evans, the team also signed Dutchman Karsten Kroon, German Marcus Burghardt and Norwegian Alexander Kristoff. The line-up also includes a total of nine Swiss riders and eight US athletes.
Despite the pedigree of their squad, BMC’s Professional Continental licence means they will have to rely on invitations from organisers of a number of major events, including the Grand Tours. As they did this season, the team has once again applied for UCI Wild Card status. If granted, it would ensure that they can participate in ProTour events, such as the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.
“We want to be at all the big races, though of course there are no guarantees,” said Lelangue. “But I am sure we have the organization to be competitive and that is a huge satisfaction.”
The team have already secured participation in at least one ProTour event. Organizers of the Tour Down Under last month confirmed that Cadel Evans will lead BMC’s team for the six-stage race. The team will also take part in the Tours of Qatar and Oman.
BMC also announced today three US riders who will represent the team in the espoirs category of the sport. Chris Butler, Cole House and Larry Warbasse will be given exposure to a number of races on the European under-23 calendar.
|Alessandro Ballan (Italy)|
|Chris Barton (United States of America)|
|Chad Beyer (United States of America)|
|Brent Bookwalter (United States of America)|
|Marcus Burghardt (Germany)|
|Cadel Evans (Australia)|
|Mathias Frank (Switzerland)|
|Thomas Frei (Switzerland)|
|George Hincapie (United States of America)|
|Martin Kohler (Switzerland)|
|Alexander Kristoff (Norway)|
|Karsten Kroon (Netherlands)|
|Jeff Louder (United States of America)|
|Steve Morabito (Switzerland)|
|Alex Moos (Switzerland)|
|John Murphy (United States of America)|
|Scott Nydam (United States of America)|
|Mauro Santambrogio (Italy)|
|Michael Schär (Switzerland)|
|Florian Stalder (Switzerland)|
|Jackson Stewart (United States of America)|
|Danilo Wyss (Switzerland)|
|Simon Zahner (Switzerland)|
– 2011 – BMC announces squad for 2011 Tour de France
It’s all for Cadel Evans and a push for the yellow jersey for BMC Racing Team in this year’s Tour de France.
The U.S.-registered squad on Sunday announced its Tour nine, which is centered on pushing Evans as high up the GC ladder as possible. American veteran George Hincapie will be back for his 16th Tour start while Brent Bookwalter, who was impressive in his Tour debut last year, will return for a second year.
“We have a well-balanced team — between the experienced classics riders, who will help keep Cadel out of trouble — as well as the riders who are there for the middle and high mountain stages,” said sport director John Lelangue in a team statement. “We also have a good squad for the team time trial, even if it is a short one (22km).”
Evans has won two of four stage races he has participated in this season, with victories in Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy in March and the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland in May. He finished second at the Critérium du Dauphiné in France last week.
Lelangue said the two-time Tour de France runner-up (2007, 2008) will have fresh legs around him, as no one on the squad competed at the Giro d’Italia.
Jim Ochowicz, BMC Racing Team president and general manager, said the team recognized the need to bolster its support for Evans, who held the race lead for one day at last year’s Tour before being diagnosed with a broken elbow. Evans went on to finish 26th.
“Last year versus this year, we are in a better position to take on the Tour de France,” Ochowicz said. “We recognized we needed to get a little bit more support for Cadel in the mountains. But we still have guys with lots of experience like George and (Marcus) Burghardt to help him, too.”
Hincapie will be making his 16th Tour de France start, tying Joop Zoetemelk’s participation record. A three-time U.S. national road champion, Hincapie has finished 14 Tours and is the only supporting rider to ever be on a Tour-winning team eight times.
BMC Racing Team for the Tour de France
- Brent Bookwalter (USA)
- Marcus Burghardt (G)
- Cadel Evans (Aus)
- George Hincapie (USA)
- Amaël Moinard (F)
- Steve Morabito (Swi)
- Ivan Santaromita (I)
- Manuel Quinziato (I)
- Michael Schär (Swi)
– 2012 – BMC Racing’s Full Roster Unveiled
The 2012 BMC Racing Team roster was released Thursday with 26 riders, including the top ranked rider in the world, Philippe Gilbert, and defending Tour de France campion, Cadel Evans. According to president and general manager, Jim Ochowicz, the selections were based on the team’s primary objectives for 2012.
“We go into 2012 with an arsenal of riders who are competitive in any endeavor in professional cycling,” said Ochowicz. “It also feels great to have Cadel so competitive and motivated to defend at the Tour and it’s exciting to have the No. 1 rider in the world on the team.”
Sport director John Lelangue stressed that the team would have two primary objectives in 2012. “First, we want to make sure that in July we have the strongest team there to defend the title,” Lelangue said, referring to Evans’ Tour de France title. “We have acquired riders who will be very strong teammates for Cadel who are classic-type riders.”
“As a team, we are looking forward and it’s clear what our ambition is — to repeat our result at the Tour de France,” Evans commented.
The secondary goal, according to Lelangue, is competing at a high level in the classics. “Our objective in the classics is to again take a proactive role,” he said. “We want to go into each race with the objective that we can do something, and this year we have leaders able to animate the race. In the classics last year, we were present from the first moment to the last.”
Gilbert expects his greatest pressure in 2012 to come from himself, but with the support of a strong team he has high expectations of himself in 2012. “I know that sometimes you can do your best and still come in second, third, fourth or fifth,” said Gilbert. “But I’m ready for this. If I don’t win, we as a team will still have done our best to win.”
Other impressive talent on the team includes past world road champions Thor Hushovd and Ballan, three-time U.S. national road champion George Hincapie, reigning Swiss national time trial champion Martin Kohler, and past national time trial champions Taylor Phinney and Marco Pinotti.
Hushovd has aspirations to win Paris-Rubaix. “It’s always been my dream to win Paris-Roubaix,” said Hushovd. “Now it’s even bigger goal since I’m on such a strong team with a good supporting cast.”
“Our goals and objectives are realistic,” said Ochowicz. “We are not going to claim we will win this race or that race. But we should be competitive in every race we enter. That’s what we want to do. If we win, then that’s great, too.”
– 2012 BMC Racing Team Roster:
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Adam Blythe (GBR), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Stephen Cummings (GBR), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SUI), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), George Hincapie (USA), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Martin Kohler (SUI), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Taylor Phinney (USA), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Tim Roe (AUS), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Johann Tschopp (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay Van Garderen (USA), Danilo Wyss (SUI).