BMC Racing Team Back De Marchi and Teuns at Il Lombardia11. October 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Alessandro De Marchi and Dylan Teuns will line up as BMC Racing Team’s leaders at the final Monument of the season, Il Lombardia, this Saturday, 13 October.
Sports Director Fabio Baldato said although the team isn’t lining up with a race favorite, De Marchi and Teuns can achieve a good result and will have the support of the team.
“Il Lombardia is one of the toughest one-day races of the season and, of course, it is the final Monument of the season so that gives extra motivation. We know Alessandro De Marchi is in great shape after his win at Giro dell’Emilia and Dylan Teuns is riding well so these two will be our protected riders on Saturday. Damiano Caruso can also be up there and he will provide good support for our leaders. We are not the favorites going into the race so we will watch what happens and see how the race unfolds,” Baldato explained.
“The course is basically the same as last year’s with the exception of the final climb due to a landslide, so I think the finale will be slightly easier. It is the second-to-last climb, the Civiglio, where the race should be decided.”
De Marchi is looking to team up again with Teuns to repeat the success of Giro dell’Emilia.
“I’m coming to Il Lombardia with motivation and good shape. It is a race I have always enjoyed, even if it is usually my last race of the season. This year, I am perhaps more confident and motivated than previous editions. They key moments of the race will be, like always, the finish into Como with the Muro di Sormano and then the Civiglio. I think, with Dylan, we can try to repeat the success of Emilia and maybe this can be the occasion where I can also help him to go for a result. It will be important to save energy and be ready from the Sormano to the finish, as it is a really long and hard race.”
Teuns is hoping to end his season well at Il Lombardia.
“Il Lombardia is the last big classic of the season so it is always nice to race there. It is a classic that suits me well. Last weekend, I did a good result at Giro dell’Emilia and this gives me the confidence that the shape is still there. Yesterday, Milano-Torino was not such a good day for me but I am focused on the race this Saturday and will try to make the best result possible.”
Il Lombardia (13 October)
Rider roster: Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Simon Gerrans (AUS), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL)
Sports Directors: Fabio Baldato (ITA), Valerio Piva (ITA)