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BMC Development Team Begins Busy Week of Racing in Belgium

14. March 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Development Team

BMC Development Team continue their series of one-day races. © Michael Zanghellini / zanghellini.li

BMC Development Team starts a busy week of racing with teams lining up on three occasions including Templeuve (March 15) and Handzame Challenge (March 17).

Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck said that the two one-day races provide an opportunity for BMC Development Team to continue their preparation for the upcoming stage races.

“The first race, Templeuve, is a local kermesse race in Belgium and we are lining up with a strong twelve-rider roster. We aren’t going in with a specific leader, but instead, we will be looking to race as a group and gauge where everyone’s form as we approach our first stage races of the season. For those riders racing at Tour of Normandy, this will be the last real test for them while for the others it provides an opportunity to stay in the racing mentality and maintain their rhythm before Friday and then, Zuidkempense Pijl on Sunday.”

Patrick Müller is looking forward to getting back in the peloton after his first win of the season.

“I have had a couple of weeks off racing since Brussel - Opwijk and put in a good block of training at home. I feel like I have recovered well and that my form is good on the bike. The season is full underway now, and we have some big challenges and races to come. As is normal in Belgium, we can expect fast racing this week, and we need to be on the look out for crosswinds. However, we have shown that we are a strong team and I hope that we can continue to produce good results and grow further together,” explained Müller

After a top ten finish at his first race with BMC Development Team, Tanguy Turgis will join BMC Development Team at Handzame Challenge.

“I really enjoyed my first race with the team, and I was happy with my form. The morale in the team is good, and there is a good dynamic between all of the riders which is important as we look ahead to the stage races to come. With the group of riders we have racing on Friday, I think we will have multiple options to go for the win, and I hope to be able to show what I am capable of once again,” said Turgis.

Templeuve (March 15)

Rider roster: Pierre Barbier (FRA), Steff Cras (BEL), Sam Dobbs (NZL), Pascal Eenkhoorn (NED), Marc Hirschi (SUI), Reto Müller (SUI), Patrick Müller (SUI), Jasper Philipsen (BEL), Martin Schäppi (SUI), Pavel Sivakov (RUS), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Bram Welten (NED)

Sports Director: Klass Lodewyck (BEL)

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Handzame Challenge (March 17)

Rider roster: Sam Dobbs (NZL), Marc Hirschi (SUI), Reto Müller (SUI), Patrick Müller (SUI), Jasper Philipsen (BEL), Tanguy Turgis (FRA)

Sports Director: Klass Lodewyck (BEL)

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