BMC Racing Team Returns to Rund um Köln and Ster ZLM Toer10. June 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team will return to Rund um Köln on Sunday 12 June, and Ster ZLM Toer from 15-19 June, looking for success at both races.
A mixed line up of experienced and younger riders make up BMC Racing Team’s roster, Sports Manager Allan Peiper said.
“For some of the riders it will be their first race since the Giro d’Italia, others are coming in off the Tour of Luxembourg, and for Taylor Phinney this will be his first race in Europe in a while. Rick Zabel had four top ten finishes at the Giro d’Italia, so he’ll be looking to do well if it comes down to a sprint finish.”
For Zabel, it’s a rare opportunity to race in Germany.
“I’m really happy to have the chance to race in Germany in front of family and friends. After my results at the Giro d’Italia, I’m hoping to get a good result at Rund um Köln,” Zabel said.
BMC Racing Team is bringing a well-rounded team to the five-day stage race, Ster ZLM Toer - GP Jan van Heeswijk, Sports Director Jackson Stewart said.
“We’re bringing a strong squad to Ster ZLM Toer. We’re not heading to race with a specific team leader but there is not one rider on the team who isn’t capable of getting a good result on the opening prologue and who is the leader will fall into place based on that.”
Like Zabel, Floris Gerts is looking forward to racing on home soil.
“It’s always great to race at home especially as there is one stage in the Limburg province. This is an area I like to train in and I have had a lot of experience racing here in the past. I was in good shape in Luxembourg after some hard training and I was really happy with my form as I was able to help the team well. My condition is really good right now and I am sure I can take that good form with me to this race as well.”
Rund um Köln (12 June)
Rider roster: Jempy Drucker (LUX), Floris Gerts (NED), Taylor Phinney (USA), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Manuel Senni (ITA), Peter Velits (SVK), Loïc Vliegen (BEL), Rick Zabel (GER).
Sports Directors: Allan Peiper (AUS)
Ster ZLM Toer - GP Jan van Heeswijk (15 - 19 June)
Rider roster: Jempy Drucker (LUX), Floris Gerts (NED), Stefan Küng (SUI), Taylor Phinney (USA), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Peter Velits (SVK), Loïc Vliegen (BEL), Rick Zabel (GER)
Sport Director: Jackson Stewart (USA)