BMC Development Team Announce Finalized 2017 Roster4. January 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Development Team
Today (4 January) BMC Development Team revealed the full rider roster for the 2017 season which is comprised of 16 riders from eight countries, and includes seven new signings.
BMC Development Team Manager Jens Blatter said that next season’s roster has a well-balanced mix of riders who all have the ability to race at a high level.
“We have a very talented group of riders from all over the world joining us for this season. We will once again be a very young team with many of our riders in their first year as U23, however the roster is made up of a good mix of classics riders, stage race riders and climbers and I think the potential of our team is amazing,” Blatter explained.
“We are working on a great race schedule for 2017. One that will target some key races across the year and will also allow our riders to have the best opportunity possible to reach the pro ranks of BMC Racing Team. Myself and the entire team staff will work hard to help the riders progress as much as possible.”
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck is looking forward to working with such a motivated and ambitious group of riders.
“I think the we have assembled another fantastic group of talented riders for 2017. For the nine riders who are staying with us, it is time for them to really step up and I believe that they are all capable of doing so and dealing with the pressure that follows. Last year, each rider made a real impression on me. They showed that they can work hard, ride intelligently and produce results so I am confident in what is to come.”
“We also have a great group of talented, young riders joining us next season including National Road and World Track Champions. Each rider has demonstrated their potential to us over the past twelve months and they bring a super mix of strengths to the team, from sprinting to climbing, and all of the classic races in between. I am confident that they will not only be able to help us produce strong results as a team but will also be looking to do something of their own as well,” Lodewyck added.
Nathan Van Hooydonck is preparing to line up for his third season with BMC Development Team.
“I am super grateful to the team for giving me the chance to extend my contract for 2017 and I am already looking forward to getting back to racing. My main targets in the first part of the 2017 season will be the Tour of Flanders, as I have some unfinished business there, and then I will look towards Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Paris - Roubaix,” Van Hooydonck explained.
Callum Scotson, a two-time UCI Track World Champion in the Team Pursuit, is excited about the joining the BMC Development Team next season.
“I am really looking forward to becoming part of the BMC family in 2017 and all the changes that come with that: fitting into a new team; living in another country; and setting some new goals. I have spent a lot of time on riding the on track with the Australian National Team, so it will be nice to spend a season with a much bigger focus on road racing,” Scotson commented.
“I’m hoping to do well in time trials, or races with a time trial, plus some of the flatter one-day races which I think will suit me well having been a track rider.”
Riders continuing from 2016:
Leo Appelt (GER), Sam Dobbs (NZL), Pascal Eenkhoorn (NED), Patrick Müller (SUI), Martin Schäppi (SUI), Pavel Sivakov (RUS), Mario Spengler (SUI), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Bram Welten (NED)
New riders for 2017:
Pierre Barbier (FRA), Steff Cras (BEL), Marc Hirschi (SUI), Reto Müller (SUI), Jasper Philipsen (BEL), Callum Scotson (AUS), Tanguy Turgis (FRA)