Sitting down with Sánchez and Bohli15. December 2015, Denia (ESP) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team is made up of some of the most talented riders in the peloton, from experienced world champions to up and coming neo pros.
With such a talented bunch or riders in different stages of their careers, we thought it was time to sit down with two riders who will be celebrating a special milestone in 2016.
2008 Olympic road race champion, Tour de France and Vuelta Espãna podium finisher and multiple stage winner, Samuel Sánchez, is celebrating his 17th year as a pro cyclist in 2016. It’s fair to say that Sánchez is one of the most experienced riders in the peloton.
Just starting his career is Swiss neo pro Tom Bohli, who has made the transition from BMC Development Team to BMC Racing Team for the 2016 season. Bohli won the prologue at the Tour de Normandie in 2015 and has a bright future ahead of himself in cycling.
Here’s what they had to say about their cycling experiences and their plans for the 2016 season and beyond:
What is your most memorable moment on the bike?
Sánchez – “My biggest memory is the Olympics in 2008. It was an amazing moment for me, under the wall [Great Wall of China]. I remember when I went to the podium to get the gold medal, I started to cry. It was an amazing moment, it was the moment of my career, representing my country, Spain. When I called my wife, she told me that in Spain it was chaos.”
Bohli – “This is difficult because I have had some really good times on the bike up until now. There are certainly some races, for example, my junior world champion title on the track, or this year, and the prologue at the Tour de Normandie, that are very special to me. And of course the races with the pros and racing with my idols is something I will remember for a long time.”
What are your expectations for the 2016 season with BMC Racing Team?
Sánchez – “I want a victory, an individual victory. With the team 2015 I had three victories, three team time trials at the Tour de France, the Vuelta and the Dauphiné. I need to have my arms in the air, with the BMC Racing Team on my jersey. I think everyday, when I go to training, that I want a stage. But in 2016 I would really like to win a stage myself.”
Bohli – “The only thing I’m expecting from myself is to fulfil as well as possible, my job in the team. Certainly I have my own ambition as well, but just doing a good job for the team and what they expect of me, is important.”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Sánchez – “This is a difficult question. I live everyday, day by day and that’s how I like to see things.”
Bohli – “That’s a really good question. I hope by then that I will have found my place in the pro bunch, and I hope I am stedily progressing until then, step by step.”
And finally, some words of wisdom from Sanchez to Bohli?
Sánchez – “Step by step and day by day, that is the best advice I can give.”
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