Strong BMC Racing Team Lineup Heads to Grand Prix de Wallonie11. September 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team returns to Belgium this week with a strong and motivated team set to line up at Grand Prix de Wallonie on Wednesday (13 September), the first in a series of three one-day races.
Sports Director Valerio Piva thinks BMC Racing Team is taking a competitive mix of youth and experience to Belgium.
“Although it is not one of the biggest Classics, Grand Prix de Wallonie is a famous race, and it has a traditional uphill finish in Namur. As always, we will need to race aggressively, and everyone will have the opportunity to try and jump in the right moves. We have a good group of riders with the experience of Martin Elmiger, who will be our road captain, and younger riders like Nathan Van Hooydonck and Patrick Müller. I think Ben Hermans will come out of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in good shape and alongside Dylan Teuns, this is a good finish for him, and we will look to protect these riders. We know Dylan is motivated and that he can perform well on a parcours like this, so we will see how he recovers after being in Canada. Plus we also have Loïc Vliegen coming out of the Vuelta a España, and we will see what his condition is like, but if you can finish the Vuelta, you are already in good shape,” Piva said.
Teuns is looking forward to returning to the start line in Belgium.
“It’s always nice to race on home soil, and this is a parcours that suits me well. Grand Prix de Wallonie is another typical Ardennes race, and I have already shown that I can perform well in this region over the 2017 season. I am going into the race after the two Canadian one-day races, so I hope that I recover well. I really enjoy this style of racing, and I am motivated to try and go for a good result with the team,” Teuns explained.
Grand Prix de Wallonie (13 September)
Rider Roster: Martin Elmiger (SUI), Floris Gerts (NED), Ben Hermans (BEL), Patrick Müller (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL)
Sports Director: Valerio Piva (ITA)