BMC Racing Team Look to Repeat Tirreno-Adriatico Success5. March 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
With defending champion Greg Van Avermaet in its ranks, BMC Racing Team is sending a strong and experienced team to Tirreno-Adriatico, starting Wednesday, March 8.
Sports Director Max Sciandri said that BMC Racing Team is targeting both the General Classification and stage wins at the UCI WorldTour race.
"We will line up at Tirreno-Adriatico with multiple objectives as we have a strong team that can race well in a lot of different scenarios. It is an important stage race leading up to the Giro d'Italia, so Tejay van Garderen and Rohan Dennis will have a chance to test their legs for the General Classification."
"With defending champion Greg Van Avermaet lining up, we have a good chance to aim for a stage win or two. The entire team is in good shape, so I'm confident that every rider will take any opportunity that presents itself. BMC Racing Team has already recorded some great results this year, so we want to continue this success as a team here."
Tirreno-Adriatico is an opportunity for Greg Van Avermaet to continue his preparation for the Classics still to come.
"It will be a nice experience to race with number one on my back and go in as defending champion. It's a position I never thought I would be in and unless bad weather forces the cancellation of the queen stage again, my goal is stage wins this year. This race is good preparation for Tour of Flanders and the next block of Classics in Belgium, so I'm hoping for some hard racing," Van Avermaet explained.
Tejay van Garderen is excited to get back into the swing of European racing for 2017.
"This is my first race in Europe this year, and I am eager to get back in the peloton after Abu Dhabi Tour. I feel like I am in good shape right now, so I'm motivated to contribute to the team's string of early season success and to be up there on the General Classification. We have a really strong group of riders with a good dynamic heading to Italy, so I'm looking forward to getting started," van Garderen said.
Tirreno-Adriatico (March 8 - 14)
Rider Roster: Damiano Caruso (ITA), Rohan Dennis (AUS), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Stefan Küng (SUI), Daniel Oss (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA)
Sports Directors: Max Sciandri (ITA), Fabio Baldato (ITA)