BMC Racing Team Looking for Opportunities at Two New Races21. August 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team will head to the start of two new races this week with teams lining up at the inaugural edition of the Deutschland Tour (23 - 26 August) as well as the first Great War Remembrance Race (24 August).
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Maximilian Sciandri will be at the helm in Germany at the four-day stage race with Allan Peiper behind the wheel in the team car at the Belgian one-day race on Friday.
“Deutschland Tour is a new race but I have had a good look at the parcours. There are some pretty long stages and while there are no really long climbs, I think it will still be hard at times with short and steep climbs between 1km and 1.5km long where I’m sure we will see selections made. Jurgen Roelandts came out of the Tour de Pologne in good condition and I think he can definitely be up there trying to go for some sprints. We will also look to go in any breakaways that we can and for all of our riders, it will be a good opportunity try and do a good race somewhere new,” Sciandri said.
“The Great War Remembrance Race will be a testing race as it goes to a lot of the same places that Gent-Wevelgem does but, I think it will be a nice race at this time of year. For us, Michael Schär will be our road captain and he will guide the guys around West Flanders and I think a lot of our riders can ride their own race and look for opportunities. Jempy Drucker will be there if it comes down to a sprint and I think he has a good chance to do a good result. We also have Nathan Van Hooyondck racing and this is a good course for him with some dirt roads, short climbs and crosswind sections. But overall, everyone will have the chance to try something if the opportunity is there.” Peiper explained.
After testing himself at the front of the race at EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg, Roelandts is looking forward to lining up at Deutschland Tour.
“I came out of EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg feeling positive ahead of Deutschland Tour and my shape overall. I was able to make it into the final selection of that race and really test myself which was good so, I know that my form is there. This will be a new race for everyone but I am hoping that I can be active during the race and try to go for some nice results,” Roelandts said.
Drucker and Van Hooydonck will both head to the start line on Friday after showing strong form at last week’s Binck Bank Tour.
“This is a new race for everybody but it does take us onto some familiar Belgian roads particularly those from Gent-Wevelgem. At Binck Bank Tour, I was able to test my legs and be at the front of the race but in the end, there weren’t too many opportunities for sprinters. I felt like my shape was good last week though so if there the opportunity arises, I would like to try and do something here,” Drucker said.
“I think I am coming into the Great War Remembrance Race in good shape after another tough edition of Binck Bank Tour. It’s a style of race which I enjoy and one that also suits me as a rider so, I will try to look for opportunities to be active at the front of the race. Of course, it's a new race for us all but one thing I think we can expect to see is some aggressive racing which is typical of the Flanders one-day classic races,” Van Hooydonck added.
Deutschland Tour (23 - 26 August)
Rider Roster: Tom Bohli (SUI), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Kilian Frankiny (SUI), Freddy Ovett (AUS), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL)
Sports Directors: Maximilian Sciandri (ITA), Steve Bauer (CAN)
Great War Remembrance Race (24 August)
Rider Roster: Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Alexander Evans (AUS), Simon Gerrans (AUS), Michael Schär (SUI), Miles Scotson (AUS), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL)
Sports Director: Allan Peiper (AUS)