The BMC Racing Team is one of the best UCI ProTeam’s in the world, with a star-studded roster which includes reigning world road champion Philippe Gilbert, reigning Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler and current Danish national road champion Sebastian Lander and seven 2012 Olympians that include 2011 Tour de France winner and past (2009) world champion Cadel Evans and 2012 Tour de France best young rider Tejay van Garderen. Two other former world road champions, Alessandro Ballan (2008) and Thor Hushovd (2010), headline the squad that also includes past national time trial champions Taylor Phinney (United States) and Marco Pinotti (Italy).
In 2012, the team won 21 races, including two stages of the Giro d’Italia and three in the Vuelta a España and placed two riders (van Garderen and Evans) in the top 10 at the Tour de France, with Van Garderen crowned best young rider.
This summer the team is looking to build on their successes of previous years off the back of, to their standards a relatively average Spring Classics season. A strong BMC squad will head to the Giro d’Italia which runs May 4-26, including 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans. Cadel has previously opted not to ride in the Giro, with many believing two grand tours is one too many for GC contenders.
Unlike Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, Evans and BMC Racing’s focus remains firmly on the Tour. In a recent interview Cadel explained although there are not many riders who perform better with two Tours in their legs, he needs the competitive miles following the racing he missed last year. His objective for the Giro d’Italia, which runs May 4-26, is simply to get back to his best in a hope to find the kind of form that saw him claim the maillot jaune two years ago.
The team will then head to the Tour which rolls out of Porto-Vecchio, Corsica on Saturday 29th June.
2013 BMC Racing Squad
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