BMC Racing Team Primed for UCI WorldTour One-Day Races27. July 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team is set to line up at two UCI WorldTour one-day races this weekend with Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian on Saturday, followed by Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday.
Sports Director Yvon Ledanois said the majority of the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian riders are coming out of the Tour de France with good form.
“Six of our eight riders are coming to Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian from the Tour de France so we know their form is good and after missing out on a stage win there, they will be very motivated to go for the win in San Sebastian,” Ledanois said.
“We have one strong leader in Greg Van Avermaet who, as we know, was primed to win the race in 2015. I expect everyone to be ready to support Greg to go for a good result.”
Van Avermaet is eyeing a top ten finish in San Sebastian.
“I was a little sick in the last few days of the Tour de France so I’m hoping I’ll be feeling good at the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian. I’m motivated to do a good race and a top ten finish would be great, especially considering there are UCI WorldTour points on offer. I like the course and it’s challenging which suits me,” Van Avermaet explained.
In London, BMC Racing Team will back Jempy Drucker and Stefan Küng depending on how the race develops, Sports Director Valerio Piva said.
“We go into the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic with two protected riders. One is Stefan Küng who just finished his first Tour de France and is looking very strong. He will be protected in case of attacks on the hilly part of the race. The other will be Jempy Drucker, who won here two years ago, and who we know can be a strong contender if the race comes down to a sprint. Of course, it depends on how the race develops but I definitely think that we can ride aggressively and be present,” Piva said.
“Over the last two years, we have seen a similar pattern of racing with a group going clear on the hilly part, especially Box Hill. From the last climb, there is still 40km to go until the finish so, it is not easy to stay on the front and to arrive with a select group, and this is why we go into the race with two options.”
Drucker is lining up at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic after winning stage 4 of the VOO Tour de Wallonie this week.
“It’s always nice to go back to a race that you have won and I have really good memories from Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. It’s a super nice race and always an awesome crowd on the side of the road. I really like going back every year so I’m looking forward to the race and hopefully I can get a good result. I’m definitely coming in motivated and confident after my win at the VOO Tour de Wallonie this week,” Drucker added.
Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian (29 July)
Rider roster: Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Danilo Wyss (SUI).
Sports Director: Yvon Ledanois (FRA).
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (30 July)
Rider roster: Jempy Drucker (LUX), Stefan Küng (SUI), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Miles Scotson (AUS), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Loïc Vliegen (BEL).
Sports Director: Valerio Piva (ITA).