Berlin to Provide Next Challenge for BMC Development Team11. May 2016, Santa Rosa, Cali. (USA) — Development Team
The BMC Development Team will be heading to Germany this week to continue their 2016 season at the Tour de Berlin (13 - 16 May).
Sport director, Klaas Lodewyck thinks that the two time trials will play an important role at the Tour de Berlin.
“The opening team time trial (TTT) will be one of the key points of the race. I think we are a strong team and will be able to perform well and challenge for the victory. This is is one of the specialities of the BMC Racing Team so I hope that we can do the same,” said Lodewyck.
“The double day, where we will race in the individual time trial (ITT) and a 137.5km stage, will be another key day and will also be a target for us as the rider who is strongest on this day will automatically be a contestant for the GC. I hope that we have a really good week of racing and that the guys can have the something extra special in their legs so that they can go for GC.”
Bas Tietema is looking forward to challenging for results after breaking his collarbone in his opening race of the season.
“It was a tough start to the season for me but I was feeling like I was coming back into strong form at the Tour of Bretagne. Unfortunately my last week of racing in Belgium wasn't the best and I was struggling with my breathing due to the pollen but I am definitely feeling motivated Tour de Berlin,” said Tietema.
“This will be my first time racing in Berlin and it looks like a cool race. With a Team Time Trial and an Individual Time Trial, I think this is a race that will suits me and the team really well. I can’t wait to get out there with the team on Friday and challenge for a results, especially on our awesome BMC Timemachine’s. It’s going to be a real team effort and I am really looking forward to it."
Nathan Van Hooydonck said that he is feeling in good form after Flèche du Sud and is excited about racing in Berlin.
“After the stage race in Luxembourg last week I feel recovered and have been feeling strong on the bike. That's always a good signal,” said Van Hooydonck.
“I really am looking forward to racing in Berlin. It is a race that should suit me and the team well. The ITT will be a big goal for me especially after winning Belgian nationals two weeks ago and I’m looking forwarding to comparing my time trials skills with the best guys out there. If you do a good time trial, your position on the GC will be good as well so I want to go out there, give it my all and get up there as high as possible."
Tour de Berlin (13 - 16 May)
Rider roster: Pavel Sivakov (RUS), Pascal Eenkhoorn (NED), Sam Dobbs (NZL), Lukas Spengler (SUI), Bas Tietema (NED), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL)
Sport director: Klaas Lodewyck (BEL)