BMC Racing Team Back in Belgium and France for One-Day Races20. September 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team returns to the start line of Tour de l’Eurometropole in Belgium this Saturday, followed by Grand Prix d’Isbergues - Pas de Calais in France on Sunday.
The two one-day races usually come down to a bunch sprint, Sports Directors Valerio Piva and Klaas Lodewyck said.
“We have two strong sprinters, Jempy Drucker and Jürgen Roelandts, in our team so we have good options for the final of Tour de l’Eurometropole if it comes down to a bunch sprint. Last year, Jempy was fifth so I think between the two of them, we can get a good result in a bunch sprint. Of course, these races can be unpredictable at times and all of our riders can take an opportunity to be in the breakaway,” Piva explained.
“Grand Prix d’Isbergues - Pas de Calais is one of the last one-day races in the calendar and an opportunity for riders to make the most of the race and try for a good result. Like in Belgium on Saturday, I expect that it may come down to a bunch sprint or a sprint from a smaller group, in which case we will ride for Jempy and Jürgen.We have our two stagiaires lining up, Alexander Evans and Freddy Ovett, so they can get a good taste of these one-day races,” Lodewyck added.
Drucker and Roelandts are looking forward to the some of the last sprint races on the calendar.
“I was happy with my form at Primus Classic where I was able to be up there in the final. In term of my condition, I feel good and I am looking forward to both races. I will try to do the best race possible and see how it develops, “ Drucker said.
“Saturday’s Tour de l’Eurometropole is a race I really like. I won in the past and it’s a nice race. The win can be decisive and there are some hills in the end, so of course i want to be good there. I didn’t feel as good as I hoped at Primus Classic, after the Deutschland Tour and tour of Britain, so I think it was just an off day. Hopefully, I will feel better this weekend and can be up there,” Roelandts said.
Tour de l’Eurometropole (22 September)
Rider roster: Tom Bohli (SUI), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Freddy Ovett (AUS), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI)
Sports Director: Valerio Piva
Grand Prix d’Isbergues - Pas de Calais (23 September)
Rider roster: Jempy Drucker (LUX), Alexander Evans (AUS), Freddy Ovett (AUS), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI)
Sports Directors: Klaas Lodewyck