BMC Development Team Set for Two days in Switzerland20. May 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Development Team
The BMC Development Team will head to Switzerland this weekend as they race back to back in Switzerland this weekend as they race tomorrow at Berner Rundfahrt (21 May) before travelling to Herve for the 148.8km Cham – Hagendorn (22 May).
Sport director, Jens Blatter thinks that the team is strong enough to go for victory at both races.
“In Bern we will try to defend BMC Development Team graduate, Tom Bohli’s victory from last year. The race is very close to the BMC Headquarters which will be a big motivation for us and although there will be strong pro continental teams on the start line I definitely think we are strong enough to go for it,” said Blatter.
"Cham-Hagendorn is a completely other race. This course suits a lot of our riders and I think we're ready to make a good result and to go for a victory. The team has a mix of more experience riders, like Fabian [Lienhard] as well as younger guys but everyone seems in good shape.”
Swiss U23 national champion, Patrick Müller is looking forward to racing on home soil.
“It's really special because I'll only race those two races and Nationals at home this year. Switzerland is a small country and the cycling community is even smaller, so you know almost every one cheering you on around the course. Plus my family will be there to support,” said Müller.
“Both races will be really demanding. They have some short climbs and normally in the end it's a small group of riders battling for the win. On Saturday the roads are wide and the key point will be the steep Frienisberg climb that we will do every lap. On Sunday the roads are narrower, so there you have to be in a good position all the time."
“I’m super motivated and excited for this racing weekend. My shape is good. We are a strong team and not only will be have fun racing together but I also think we will be able to deliver some good results. We will give 100 percent to be up there for the win.”
Berner Rundfahrt (21 May)/Cham – Hagendorn (22 May)
Rider roster: Kilian Frankiny (SUI), Lukas Spengler (SUI), Mario Spengler (SUI), Martin Schäppi (SUI), Patrick Müller (SUI), Fabian Lienhard (SUI), Zeke Mostov (USA)
Sport director: Jens Blatter (SUI)