BMC Racing Team Sends 16 Riders To World Championships

 

BMC Racing Team Sends 16 Riders To World Championships

 

Sixteen riders from the BMC Racing Team – including defending road race champion Philippe Gilbert – and one from the BMC Development Team are competing in this week’s UCI world road championships in Tuscany, Italy.

 

Road Race and Time Trial Participants

BMC Racing Team riders who will join Gilbert in the 272.2-kilometer road race Sunday are: Marcus Burghardt (GER), Steve Cummings (GBR), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SUI), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Amaël Moinard (FRA), stagiaire Jakub Novak (CZE), Dominik Nerz (GER), Taylor Phinney (USA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA) and Danilo Wyss (SUI). Marco Pinotti (ITA) and Phinney will also represent their countries in the 57.9-km individual time trial on Wednesday. The BMC Development Team is also represented, with Stefan Küng competing in the Under 23 road race for Switzerland on Friday after finishing sixth in Monday’s Under 23 individual time trial, and Loic Vliegen is also first reserve for the Belgian team. President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the large number of riders earning the right to represent their countries is a testament to their accomplishments for the BMC Racing Team. “We are proud to have 16 of our BMC Racing Team riders selected by their individual national federations for this year’s world championships,” Ochowicz said. “All of our athletes are well-prepared for these championships through various recent competitions and training camps with us over the last few months. We look forward to their participation and to Philippe Gilbert’s defense of his 2012 title.”

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.

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

Magner,Hall Win Downtown Twilight Criterium

Twilight Crit Cascade

Twilight Crit Cascade

Stage 4, Bend Downtown Twilight Criterium took place Saturday July 20th. The men and women were able to enjoy a late start time to give their legs some needed recovery from the tough 4 days of racing they’ve experienced so far.  The rectangular course is a straight forward design. The only real ‘obstacle’ being turns 3 and 4 where the road narrows making positioning onto the long final straight important.  Essentially this translates into an extremely fast course.  The long finishing straight to the line puts an emphasis on teamwork and a solid lead out. Added to this was a headwind meaning that the winner would have to time their sprint perfectly.

The women were first to start. As has been e case throughout Cascade, the pace was high right from the gun. There were many attacks but apparently none had the right combination of teams represented or horsepower as the field remained together and strung out for the entire race.
As the riders began the final lap team NOW and Novartis for MS took charge at the front with three riders stringing out the remaining peloton.  The sprint was incredibly close and came down to a photo finish with Lauren Hall of team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits taking the win by the narrowest of margins. 2nd went to Shelley Olds of Team TIBCO with Allison Powersnof NOW and Novartis for MS rounding out the top three.  The GC remained unchanged with McGrath of Exergy Twenty 16 in yellow followed by Haeusler of Team TIBCO and Abbott of Exergy Twenty 16 in 3rd.
The men began at 7 PM but the temperatures remained high with many riders packing ice into their skinsuits in an attempt to keep their core temperature down before the fireworks began for the 75 minute race.  The men’s field had been reduced to 150 riders from the original 200 and the field would be much less than this by the finish.
The men’s race was full-on right from the gun. The 150 man field was single file for the first 20 minutes with many laps averaging over 32 mph. As the field began to show signs of strain under the unrelenting pace a group of 5 riders managed to get a gap.  This front group fluctuated in numbers from 5 to 3 to 8 and always hovering around 10 seconds. Team Jelly Belly and Team Cash Call kept the move in check. The break was finally reeled in at the 46 minute mark but the pace was beginning to take it’s toll on the rest of the field as riders were continually being dropped from the pack.  With roughly 10 minutes to go Team Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took control of the front but it was team Optum with Tom Zirbel leading the way who took over with 3 laps to go. Zirbel put his TT legs to work and tapped out a lap and a half  at 32 mph when a crash on the backside of the course created a split. Optum controlled going into the final lap but it was the U23 national criterium champion,  Ty Magner of Hincapie Sportswear, who took the win. Jasper Stuyven of Bontrager Cycling Team 2nd with Ignazio Moser of BMC Development Team taking 3rd.  The GC remained with Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda leading, Haga of Optum p/b Kelly Benifit Strategies in 2nd, and Jakub Novak of BMC Development Team in 3rd.
Tomorrow concludes this edition of the Cascade Cycling Classic with the Aubry Butte Circuit Race. For the women, McGrath and her team seem to be in control but its a challenging course at the end of a week of aggressive racing. Haeusler and the rest of the field should make it interesting for team Exergy. On the men’s side, this race is still up for grabs.  There is only 9 seconds separating the top 3 and only a 1:15 separating the top 10.  Tomorrow should produce some incredible racing.
As a final note, the podium for tonight’s crit were all U23 men. Remember their names as I am sure we will be seeing more of them in the future.
Travis Dixon

Recap-Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 Cascade Cycling Classic

Stage 3 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was run on the Cascade Lakes course. This is a long standing course for this event. The course doesn’t have the amount of climbing that Stage 1 but many in the field feel that this is the toughest stage. The course is unrelenting, constantly up and down and then finishes on the 5 km climb of Sparks Lake. This climb isn’t particularly steep but considering its placement on this stage, it certainly makes the legs and lungs hurt.

 

The men were to ride 90 miles. The BMC Development team had the responsibility of defending the yellow jersey for Novak and with this stacked pro field they definitely had their work cut out for them today. The race began with a 3 mile neutral and as soon as the flag dropped the attacks began. Groups of 10-20 riders would escape only to be brought back and then another group would break … BMC were placing men in each group but it was becoming clear that yellow jersey wearer Novak was not having a good day and many times BMC would call back their riders to help pace the yellow back and bring the group together. The other teams had no mercy and kept firing away at BMC until mile 61 when a nine man group was able to break clear. As the final climb began, the escapees were swept up and 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda got to the front and set a hard pace in hope of launching Mancebo but the rest of the field was strong enough to resist the pace. Seghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda took the stage. This was his second stage win in as many days. Travis McCabe of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took second followed by Chad Haga of Team Optom p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy finished 5th with the same time as Tvetcov. Former yellow jersey Phillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling was 8th 2 seconds down. Novak finished 23rd for the day 17 seconds down followed by his teammate, Eisenthart.

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Tvetcov (Jelly Belly) and Powers(NOW)Blaze TT in Cascade

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Cascade Cycling Classic -Alison Powers

Cascade Cycling Classic, July 18 Stage 2 Prineville Individual Time Trial.

 

The men and women raced on a 20 mile out and back course. The rolling course would cater a strong rider who is able to push a big gear as opposed to the climbing that the racers saw in yesterdays stage. The men raced first and of the original 201 racers only 182 lined up for the start of the time trial. Sergei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly rode in with the best time of the day, 30:59:96. He was followed by Jonathan Teeter of team Marc Pro-Strava for second place with a time of 31:17:54. Newly crowned national TT Champion, Tom Zirbel rounded out the top three with a time of 31:17:69. Taylor Eisenhart of BMC Development Team put in a strong ride to end up 5th on GC only 30 seconds off of teammate Novak. Eisenhart is followed closely by defending champ, Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda who is 33 seconds off the lead. Yesterdays stage winner and yellow jersey wearer for the day, Pjillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling slipped to 7th overall at 36 seconds.

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Mathias Frank (BMC) Makes It Two Straight In Austria

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Frank Makes It Two Straight In Austria

St. Johann/Alpendorf, Austria

 

Frank Makes It Two Straight In Austria

 

Mathias Frank soloed to win his first race in nearly four years Wednesday and give the BMC Racing Team its second straight victory at the Tour of Austria.

 

‘Perfect Stage For Me’

Frank had been part of the day’s original, nine-man breakaway and was first to summit the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria (3,798 meters). With two kilometers to go in the 146-km race, he attacked what was left of the escape group and soloed in eight seconds ahead of runner-up Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) and Matija Kvasina (Team Gourmetfein-Simplon), who was third. “I knew this was the perfect stage for me,” Frank said. “I was in the first move at the beginning and we really had to push hard on the Grossglockner because there were a lot of attacks from behind. But I could I feel I was riding strong. I haven’t won so many races so this is really nice.” Frank’s last victory was the overall of the Grand Prix Tell in Switzerland in August of 2009. In May, he helped teammate Tejay van Garderen win the Amgen Tour of California while finishing fourth himself. At the Tour de Suisse last month, he was second on Stage 2 to take the race lead, which he held for five days. BMC Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said he knew Frank had the form to win a stage. “It took him a while to come around from some sickness and his crash at nationals, but he was really motivated today,” he said. “I went up to him in the car after the first climb – which was really hard – and he said he was feeling good.” Frank’s success follows Tuesday’s stage win by BMC Racing Team Norwegian national road champion Thor Hushovd ahead of teammate Daniel Oss. With four days of the race to go, Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana Pro Team) leads the race overall.

Brent Bookwalter will represent the BMC

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Brent Bookwalter will represent the BMC Racing Team at this weekend’s USA Cycling national championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is the only returning medalist from last year’s individual time trial.

Time Trial Saturday; Road Race Monday
Last year, Bookwalter finished third behind winner David Zabriskie (Garmin-Sharp) and teammate Tejay van Garderen. Van Garderen opted to rest after his victory at the Amgen Tour of California Sunday while Zabriskie crashed and broke his collarbone during time trial warm-up at the Amgen Tour. Bookwalter said the course for Saturday’s 30.9-kilometer race against the clock doesn’t exactly play to his strengths but he is feeling good about his form. “We did a great week in California and it breeds confidence going into nationals,” Bookwalter said. “I feel really good and strong, not too fatigued or weathered. I wish I had a couple teammates there, but I’m excited and motivated to race in my home region of the country.” The Asheville, N.C., resident said he will take a wait-and-see approach in Mondays’ 161.9-kilometer road race. “The race can definitely be won without a big, powerful team,” he said.

Gilbert Likes Brabantse Pijl As Amstel Warm-Up

Gilbert Likes Brabantse Pijl As Amstel Warm-Up

Gilbert Likes Brabantse Pijl As Amstel Warm-Up

 

Gilbert Likes Brabantse Pijl As Amstel Warm-Up

 

Wednesday’s edition of Brabantse Pijl will serve as the final tune-up for Philippe Gilbert before the BMC Racing Team’s world road champion takes on the Ardennes classics.

 

Race Winner in 2011

Gilbert raced for five days in wet and cold conditions last week at Vuelta al País Vasco. He said the decision to forgo the Tour of Flanders and instead race in Spain was a good one. “The first stages were very hard,” he said. “But I was always there and trying just to follow. I made some good efforts.” Winner of Brabantse Pijl in 2011 and runner-up in 2008, Gilbert said he can’t think of a better warm-up before his target races of the spring. “I like Brabantse Pijl because it’s technical and I can do a lot of efforts,” he said. “I can go deep in this race and still recover in time for Amstel on Sunday.” BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said while the course for the 199.9 km race has changed some from last year, it won’t change the team’s approach. “Philippe will be a well-protected leader with some good support riders around him – for example, Adam Blythe, Klaas Lodewyck and Yannick Eijssen,” Lelangue said. “It will be a good last dress rehearsal before the big week of the Ardennes classics.”

 

BMC Racing Team Brabantse Pijl roster (April 10):

Adam Blythe (GBR), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Martin Kohler (SUI), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

 

Directeur Sportif:

John Lelangue (BEL)

 

Doctor:

Dario Spinelli (ITA)

 

Staff:

Bus Driver: Steven Christiaens (BEL). Mechanics: Peter De Bleecker (BEL), Glen Vandevyvere (BEL). Soigneurs: Anthony Lafourte (BEL), Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Marc Paeme (BEL).

 

The BMC Racing Team will hold its pre-race press conference for the Amstel Gold Race on Friday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. (1700 hrs) at Château des Thermes, Rue Hauster 9, 4050 Chaudfontaine, Belgium. Please RSVP to ivanlancker@bmcracingteam.com no later than Thursday, April 11.

 

Best regards,

BMC Racing Team