Cadel Evans Starts Season at Santos Tour Down Under

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Evans at the Giro d’Italia 2013

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Evans Will Start Season At Santos Tour Down Under

 

BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans said a return to the Santos Tour Down Under in his home country of Australia will mark the start of his 2014 season.

 

The 2011 Tour de France winner last competed in the Tour Down Under in 2010, when he was the reigning world road champion and finished sixth overall. Evans said an aim to get his season off to a strong start factored into his decision to return to the race that begins with the People’s Choice Classic Jan. 19 in Adelaide. “With my focus on the Giro d’Italia, everything comes earlier in the year,” he said. “There is also the team’s desire to get the season off to a good start. I think with a bit harder course this year, it would be realistic to go for the overall.” Evans said he is excited to compete in the six-stage race that marks the start of the WorldTour calendar. “I haven’t been able to race there since 2010 because I’ve always been working toward the Tour de France,” he said. “But with me going for the Giro, it gives me the opportunity to race in Australia and the race which has become the real season start and the meeting point for the world of cycling at the beginning of the year. So it will be something special, especially racing in front of a home crowd.” BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said although a roster around Evans has not been revealed, the line-up will lend strong support to last year’s third-place finisher at the Giro d’Italia. “We are pleased that Cadel has made the choice to help the team in the opening season’s ProTour event,” Ochowicz said. “The team we have chosen to support Cadel is one that he is very familiar with that includes riders who have helped him to past victories.”

 

BMC 2014 Roster

BMC racing team reveals 2014 roster

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The BMC Racing Team for 2014 was presented at Velodrome Suisse. (Photo by Christian Dreier.)

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The BMC Racing Team presented its 2014 rider roster and management team Friday at the new Velodrome Suisse, not far from BMC Switzerland’s headquarters in Grenchen, Switzerland.

Six New Riders
Twenty-two riders return from the 2013 squad that won 30 races, including a stage of the Vuelta a España, four stage races overall and seven team classifications. Included on the roster are four past world road champions: Alessandro Ballan (Italy), Cadel Evans (Australia), Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) and Thor Hushovd (Norway), plus two reigning national road champions, Michael Schär (Switzerland) and Hushovd, and one national time trial champion, Peter Velits (Slovakia). Greg Van Avermaet, the team’s top rider in the individual WorldTour rankings, also returns. Six riders are new for 2014: Darwin Atapuma (Colombia), Silvan Dillier (Switzerland), Ben Hermans (Belgium), Peter Stetina (United States), Velits (Slovakia) and Rick Zabel (Germany). Hermans was not present at the presentation due to prior racing commitments.

Five Goals For 2014
Sporting Manager Allan Peiper, who will lead the team’s five sport directors as well as oversee the new Sports Science Division, said he has five objectives for the BMC Racing Team for 2014. “This team won 21 races and the world championship last year and we won 30 races this year in what we call an unsuccessful year,” Peiper said. “So next year, it would be great and it would be successful if we could have 40 wins, win a one-day classic, a grand tour, the world championship team time trial and retain our place again in the top three of the UCI teams.” Returning sport directors Fabio Baldato, Yvon Ledanois, Max Sciandri and Jackson Stewart will be joined by newcomer Valerio Piva.

Continued Growth And Development
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said he has marveled at the considerable growth of the program since the team’s inception in 2006. “We’ve won a Tour de France title, a world championship and many other races,” he said. “We have grown each year, we have developed each year, and we continue to grow and develop. I’m excited about 2014. We have lofty goals – we need those – but we have a very capable group of riders. All of us together, sport directors, riders and staff will meet those goals and show the peloton again what we are all about. I know a lot of the other teams are very competitive and we need competition. We enjoy it. So we’re looking forward to a really strong season in 2014.”

Listen to individual interviews with Evans, Gilbert and Van Avermaet (English and Dutch) on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

2014 BMC Racing Team Roster:
Darwin Atapuma (COL), Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Steve Cummings (GBR), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Cadel Evans (AUS), Philippe Gilbert, Ben Hermans (BEL), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Martin Kohler (SUI), Sebastian Lander (DEN), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Dominik Nerz (GER), Daniel Oss (ITA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Peter Stetina (USA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Peter Velits (SVK), Larry Warbasse (USA), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Rick Zabel (GER).

President/General Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Sponsor:
Andy Rihs (SUI)

Sporting Manager:
Allan Peiper (AUS)

Sport Directors:
Fabio Baldato (ITA), Yvon Ledanois (FRA), Valerio Piva (ITA), Max Sciandri (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA).

Hushovd Wins Opening Stage At Tour of Beijing

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Hushovd Wins Opening Stage At Tour of Beijing

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Thor Hushovd won the opening stage of the Tour of Beijing Friday and took the overall lead while earning the BMC Racing Team its 30th victory of the season.

Teamwork To Bring Back The Break
The Norwegian national road champion burst up the inside at the end of the 190.5-kilometer race to edge runner-up Luka Mezgec (Team Argos-Shimano) and third-placed Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). The victory was Hushovd’s eighth of the season and marks the third time this year he has pulled on the leader’s jersey at a stage race. “First of all, I am really happy with the job the team did,” Hushovd said. “I think everybody knew it was going to be a bunch sprint. So when there were 20 kilometers to go and saw the breakaway still had more than a two-minute gap, we put some guys in the front to close it back. So thanks to the guys today.” Marco Pinotti, Steve Cummings and Mathias Frank were among the BMC Racing Team riders who contributed to the chase of the last rider of an original four-man escape that once held a nine-minute advantage.

Lead-Out Not As Planned
BMC Racing Team’s Marcus Burghardt said the final moments of the race were “a little bit messy” as he tried to keep Hushovd near the front. “In the last kilometer, I almost cracked it a little bit, because I thought he was on my left. I went out to the right and then we got a little bit squeezed back,” he said. “But then he made a good move back to the front to take it at the last moment.” Assistant Director Max Sciandri said he hopes the BMC Racing Team can hold the overall lead as long as possible. “I’d like us to keep it within the team, of course,” he said. “There is a hard day tomorrow to get over some climbs. Hopefully the jersey will give Thor good morale, because it could be a smaller-size sprint tomorrow. Then we have two really hard days. So the jersey might switch to one of our riders.” Thanks to time bonuses, Hushovd leads the race by three seconds with four stages to go. He also owns the lead in the points classification.

‘Happy With My Season’
Hushovd’s eight wins mark his most prolific victory total since the 2004 season, when he won 10 races. In February, Hushovd led the Tour du Haut Var after winning that race’s opening stage. He earned the overall title at the Arctic Race of Norway in August by winning two stages – including the last one. He won a pair of stages at the Tour de Pologne in July, one at the Tour of Austria the same month, and his national road title was won at the end of June. “I started off quite well and then I had some ups and downs,” Hushovd said. “When I first started going so well at nationals, I had a lot of wins. In the end, I am really happy with my season.”

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Healey Will Head Up BMC Racing Team’s Sports Science Division

 

Healey Will Head Up BMC Racing Team’s Sports Science Division

 

The BMC Racing Team has hired Daniel Healey to lead its newly-created Sports Science Division for 2014, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Saturday.

 

Optimizing Rider Performance

Healey, an Australian endurance physiologist/sports scientist, will oversee the new group that will integrate with the BMC Racing Team’s Performance Team that already includes director Allan Peiper, assistant Bobby Julich, nutritionist Judith Haudum and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa. “The arrival of Daniel Healey to our Sports Science Division will add considerable acceleration to our group,” Ochowicz said. “His background and experience in sports science and its application to cycling will give our athletes another tool to help improve their performance.” Healey comes to the BMC Racing Team from the New Zealand High Performance Sport Network, where he spent the past four-and-a-half years overseeing nutrition for that country’s national rowing and cycling programs, in addition to providing coaching and physiology support to the New Zealand Olympic cycling team program while also training several ProTour cyclists. Ultimately, the goal of the Sports Science Division is to follow each rider closely, optimizing their workouts and training programs, and then plan a race calendar that works to each riders strengths. “At the end of the day, we will be able to tell the sport directors who is on form, who is coming into form and who might be coming off form,” Healey said. “That way, they can make really good decisions on how to use rider resources throughout the season.”

 

Big Challenges Ahead

BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said the creation of the new division is a culmination of a goal set years ago. “The idea is to bring on world-class coaches and scientists to try to give them the best training and equipment so they can perform their best,” he said. Peiper said what seems like a straight-forward idea does not come without its share of challenges. “With 270-some race days, 25 to 30 riders, peaks and troughs in their season, and trying to match the right team of leaders and helpers – it’s not an easy task,” he said. “So getting the right people on board to do the right job, as good as they can, is a big task. We’ve made a big step in the performance department, but in the next year, it will be an even bigger challenge.” Healey said the first phrase of the Sports Science Division will be to create profiles on riders’ limits and capacities. “We want to put them on a race pathway and in a program which allows them to achieve their goals and compete at their best in races that actually suit them,” he said.

Taylor Phinney Renews With BMC Racing Team

Taylor Phinney Renews With BMC Racing Team

Taylor Phinney will be a part of the BMC Racing Team through the 2016 season, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Thursday after the 23-year-old American renewed his contract with the U.S.-based squad.

‘A Great Home’
Phinney won a stage of the Tour de Pologne last month and was third overall and best young rider at the Tour of Qatar in February. Last year, he won two time trials: the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia and the last stage of the USA Pro Challenge and was runner-up in the individual time trial at the UCI world championships. “It is always exciting when a young athlete puts their faith in you as Taylor has done with the BMC Racing Team,” Ochowicz said. “He continues to develop his skills and gain valuable experience with each season. His future looks bright and his goals run parallel with ours.” Phinney said he is excited to continue his cycling career with the BMC Racing Team family, which he has been a part of since 2011. “From the riders, to the staff to the management, it’s a team that is really growing into a great home for me,” Phinney said. “I have a lot of respect for a guy like (BMC Racing Team sponsor) Andy Rihs, who is keeping our team afloat and making sure we are all well taken care of.” Phinney said medaling at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio remains high on his priority list. Remaining with the BMC Racing Team provides stability and consistency he had leading up to a pair of fourth-place finishes in London in the time trial and road race. “I thought that was quite important,” he said.”The Olympics are a big focus of mine after what I did there last year.”

BMC Racing Team Signs Peter Stetina

 

BMC Racing Team Signs Peter Stetina

BMC Racing Team Signs Peter Stetina

 

BMC Racing Team Signs Peter Stetina

 

The BMC Racing Team announced the signing Wednesday of American Peter Stetina, a climbing specialist and second-generation cycling professional.

 

Top Support Rider In The Mountains

The 26-year-old finished third at GP Miguel Indurain in March and had two top 10 finishes on mountain stages at the Volta a Catalunya the same month. He won two Under 23 U.S. national time trial championships (2008, 2009) and was part of the winning team time trial squads last year for Garmin-Sharp at the Giro d’Italia and Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. “Pete comes from a family of past and present cyclists and brings with him a nice balance of experience in the many stage races and grand tours that he has participated in over the years,” said BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz. “He has acted as a top support rider in the mountain stages where his teams have found success. We expect the same here at the BMC Racing Team and are eager to start our work together.” Stetina’s father, Dale, is a past U.S. national road and time trial champion (1980) and Olympian (1976, 1980) and two-time winner of the Coors Classic (1979, 1983).

 

Many Ties To The Team

Stetina said a number of factors attracted him to the BMC Racing Team, which has its headquarters in Santa Rosa, Calif., where he lives. “BMC is notorious for having the top equipment and the team for its top support, plus it was a chance to reunite with my good friends, Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen,” he said. “I also worked a lot with (BMC Racing Team Performance Manager) Allan Peiper last year and I really respect him. He was a big draw in coming. All the stars aligned, really.” Stetina, a past winner of the Mount Evans Hill Climb, said he looks forward to using his climbing ability to contribute in races large and small. “I would really like to take my own chance in some smaller, one-week stage races,” he said. “So I would champion my own cause in those races and be a top mountain domestique in the biggest ones, especially the Tour de France. I would really like to ride the Tour next year for the first time.” Ochowicz said specific terms of Stetina’s contract are not being released.

 

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BMC Racing Team Signs Peter Velits

BMC Racing Team Signs Peter Velits

 

The BMC Racing Team announced the signing Friday of reigning Slovakian time trial champion Peter Velits.

 

Big Asset For Grand Tours

The 28-year-old finished third at the 2010 Vuelta a España and won the overall at the Tour of Oman last year. He was also part of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad that defeated the BMC Racing Team by three seconds to win the inaugural world team time trial championship last September. In addition to winning his second straight national time trial title in June, he was runner-up on Stage 1 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco in April and third on Stage 4 of Paris-Nice in March. “Everyone knows that the BMC Racing Team is one of the best teams – not only with the riders, but also the staff and the equipment,” he said. “So I am really happy that I can join the team for next season. Velits said he has a singular goal for 2014. “I just want to get better,” he said. “I want to grow as a rider and, with this team, it’s going to be possible because I can learn new methods of training and working with new equipment. I don’t have any specific goal that I want to win this race or that race. I just want to really grow as a rider.” BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said Velits will be a big asset in the grand tours and other one-week stage races. “Peter has a deep background in the sport at multiple levels,” Ochowicz said. “In particular, he will add power to the team as a skilled time trialist and climbing expert.” Specific terms of Velits’s contract are not being disclosed.

 

BMC Racing Team Seeks Stage Wins In Utah

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Buoyed by recent success at the Tour de Pologne, the BMC Racing Team will take the same stage-hunting approach at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said.

Altitude A Concern

Billed as “America’s toughest stage race,” the 943-kilometer race includes more than 13,106 meters of climbing in six days and no individual or team time trial. “We’re going to take a day-by-day approach, but for sure, we will race aggressively,” Stewart said. “Being an American team, races in the United States are always important for us and I think the seven guys we have here all have the potential to do well.” Greg Van Avermaet, recent winner of two stages and the overall at the Tour de Wallonie, will be making his first start in Utah. He is joined by Swiss road champion Michael Schär, who was runner-up here on Stage 2 a year ago, and Larry Warbasse, who is starting the race for the third time. The rest of the BMC Racing Team’s roster – Steve Cummings, Yannick Eijssen and stagiaires Jakub Novak and Julien Taramarcaz – are first-time participants. Cummings, a stage winner last year at the Vuelta a España and the Tour of Beijing, said he has been training hard since finishing the Giro d’Italia. “I think the altitude is going to make it hard for me to go for the general classification,” he said. “But it’s certainly possible to go for a stage. It’s all going to depend on how I react to the altitude.”

BMC Racing Team Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah roster (Aug. 6-11):

  • Steve Cummings (GBR)
  • Yannick Eijssen (BEL)
  • Jakub Novak (CZE)
  • Michael Schär (SUI)
  • Julien Taramarcaz (SUI)
  • Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)
  • Larry Warbasse (USA)
  • Lelangue Departs BMC Racing Team

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    Lelangue Departs BMC Racing Team

     

    John Lelangue will be leaving the BMC Racing Team for personal reasons – effective immediately – the BMC Racing Team announced Monday.

     

    Directed Evans To Tour Victory

    The 42-year-old Belgian has served as a Directeur Sportif of the BMC Racing Team for the past six-and-a-half years. His greatest directing success was the victory of Cadel Evans at the 2011 Tour de France. “We respect John Lelangue’s decision,” President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz. “He will be pursuing other opportunities and challenges. We thank him for his contributions to the development of our team, and wish him the best in the future.”

    Recap- Awbry Butte Circuit Race-Tvetcov and McGrath win Cascade Cycling Classic Overall Classification.

    Stage 5 Cascade Cycling Classic

    Stage 5 Cascade Cycling Classic

    Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.

    Tvetcov and McGrath win Cascade Cycling Classic Overall Classification.
    The circuit race is another long standing course for Cascade. It’s a challenging circuit with the main features being the climb out of Tumalo Park and the climb of Archie Briggs. The first climb is a main road climb leading to the feed zone and a long false flat leading to Archie Briggs. This climb begins with a fast twisting descent into a 15% wall followed by more false flat and kicking up to the final stair step KOM summit.  The rest of the course is undulating with fast descents and exposed sections. A well balanced course which comes at the end of an aggressive week of racing.
    The men’s race began at 1 PM and as has been the case with every race so far, once the flag dropped at the end of e neutral zone, the attacks began. Immediately, the 150 man field was strung out as it serpentined across the road.  Small groups would escape only to be brought back. This  pattern continued past the first climb of Tumalo Park. The field stayed together but was single file over the top. The attacks continued with 5 Hour particularly active today. Once the over Archie Briggs a group of 20 was able to get away but this too was pulled back. The peloton, which was being lead primarily by Jelly Belly riding for yellow jersey wearer Tvetcov, was not going to let anything go unless it had the right combination of riders.
    Coming into the Tumalo Park climb on lap 2, a group of 12 had managed to get off the front.  This group had 25 seconds over the top of the climb and quickly increased to 55 seconds entering Archie Briggs. The group was working well together with no one sitting on.  Flavio Deluna of SmartStop- Mountain Khakis took the KOM and the break had increased their gap to 1:15 over the peloton. The break was well represented with single riders from Bissell, Optum, Giant, Bontrager, BMC, Jelly Belly, 5 Hour, SmartStop, Hincapie, Astellas Oncology, and 2 Hagens Berman riders.
    Lap 3 saw this gap increase to its largest gap of 1:45 as they crested the Tumalo Park climb. Deluna again took KOM over the Archie Briggs climb with the breaks gap at 1:15. Jelly Belly were controlling the break and riding strongly on the front. It seemed that the race was shaping up for a fast finale.
    As lap 4 began, the gap was down to 1:05 and would drop to 40 seconds only to increase again to 1:10. Clearly the two groups were figuring out their tactics for the final phase of the race. As lap 5 began the peloton had swallowed up the break but two riders attacked and established a small gap. Eric Marcotte of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker and James Oram of Bontrager Cycling held onto a tenuous 15 second gap all the way to the Archie Briggs climb. It was a strong move but just too much to ask with this motivated field behind. The race was all together leading into the fast final 5 km. Four riders managed to get a small gap leading into the final 500 meters of the race with Rosskopf of Hincapie Sportswear taking the spring with teammate Clark taking second and Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda taking third.
    It proved to be an important sprint win for Rosskopf. With the time bonuses available on the stage he jumped to 2nd overall.  Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b  Kenda took the overall honors with Chad Haga of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies hanging onto 3rd
    The women faced 3 laps and 51 miles of the Deschutes Brewery – Awbry Butte Circuit Race. With a more established GC, the race was really going to have to some fireworks to shake up the final. The women’s race was run at an aggressive pace as was evidenced by the continual number of riders shed off the back.  A motivated Team Exergy Twenty 16 did a very good job of controlling the race for their yellow jersey wearer McGrath.
    The stage came down to two riders with Amanda Miller of Team TIBCO taking the days honors with Jade Wilcoxson of Optum p/b Kelly Benefits taking second. Lauren Rauck Komanski of NOM and Novartis for MS came in a minute later and took the sprint for 3rd.  McGrath came is few seconds off of  Haeusler of Team TIBCO but remained safely in yellow to take the final GC. Haeusler remained in 2nd overall with Abbott of TIBCO rounding out the podium.
    The 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic produced some aggressive and tactical racing.  The women’s race saw an aggressive Team TIBCO race hard from the start and establish the hierarchy that would see McGrath take a well deserved win.  The men’s field was tightly contested with all the teams riding hard right to the final sprint.  At times it appeared to be a battle between the old and new guard with the final result being some fantastic racing.
    The race is obviously embraced by the Bend community. The race organization and number of volunteers was impressive to say the least. It’s an incredible event that should remain in high standing on the NRC calendar or years to come.
    -Travis Dixon