BMC Development Team Set for Competitive Dutch Challenge9. March 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Development Team
Two Dutch riders will headline BMC Development Team's eight-rider roster for the one-day race, Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen on Sunday, March 12.
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck said that the team is eager to continue its string of early season success.
“We have had an incredible start to the season far. With three wins under our belt already, we have a lot of motivation to turn up and perform well again on Sunday. It won’t be easy as there will be lots of tough competition but we have already proved that we are a strong team. Last year, this race came down to a bunch sprint so if the situation repeats itself, we will look to Bram Welten to be our primary finisher.”
“It’s a long race, but I am confident in the abilities of all our riders, including Pascal Eenkhoorn who has already been on the podium twice this season. The route is very open, and there is a likelihood of echelons so, it will be important to show how strong we are as a team.”
After his victory last weekend, Bram Welten is confident in his form heading into the race.
“I have raced around this area previously, so I know the roads a bit, and I am going into this race with a lot of motivation especially as we will be racing against pro continental teams for the first time. I feel strong right now, and I’m in a good flow with race results, so I want to keep this going with an eye on Tour of Normandy,” explained Welten.
Pascal Eenkhoorn is looking forward to his first race on home soil this season.
“This will be a high-level race with some strong pro continental teams lining up, but after a race-free week, I feel super motivated, and I have recovered well after my first two races of 2017. I want to really test myself over the 191km race especially as it will be one of the only races I do in the Netherlands,” said Eenkhoorn.
Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen (March 12)
Rider roster: Leo Appelt (GER), Pierre Barbier (FRA), Pascal Eenkhoorn (NED), Marc Hirschi (SUI), Martin Schäppi (SUI), Mario Spengler (SUI), Tanguy Turgis (FRA), Bram Welten (NED)
Sports Director: Klass Lodewyck (BEL)