BMC Racing Team Taking Competitive Line-Up to Tour Poitou-Charentes18. August 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team will return to racing in France next week with a strong group of riders heading to the start line at Tour Poitou-Charentes on Tuesday (22 August).
Sports Director Valerio Piva thinks that BMC Racing Team has a competitive line-up for the four-day race.
“We aren’t going into the race giving one rider overall responsibility for our General Classification ambitions. Instead, everyone will be able to take opportunities as they arise and we will we see how we arrive at the time trial on day three. I think this will be a key stage for the GC and I believe that we can produce a good result over the 20.6km course. We have a good group of riders many of whom are strong time trialists including Tom Bohli, Brent Bookwalter, Miles Scotson and two of our national champions Joey Rosskopf and Jempy Drucker. Looking at the race as a whole, the stage profiles are not too difficult and a few are likely to come down to a bunch sprint. For this, we have both Drucker, who is normally our leader for fast finishes, as well as one of our stagiaires, Bram Welten, who is also a strong sprinter,” Piva said.
For Jempy Drucker and Joey Rosskopf, the 20.6km time trial on stage 4 provides another opportunity to wear their respective national champion’s skinsuits.
“This will be my first time racing at Tour Poitou-Charentes. It is always nice to discover a new race, and for me, that’s why I am really looking forward to it. Of course, I also want to try and get some good results and make the best of it. Plus I am also looking forward to racing once again in my national time trial champion’s kit,” Drucker explained.
“Looking ahead to Tour Poitou-Charentes, I'm a little uncertain how my body will react after all the time at altitude racing in the U.S. plus the travel back to Europe. Nonetheless, I'm excited to be part of a roster as strong as the one we're bringing to France. Also, I'm looking forward to the time trial. It seems like it will play a major role in deciding the GC, and of course I relish any opportunity to race in my national champion’s skinsuit,” Rosskopf added.
Tour Poitou-Charentes (22- 25 August)
Rider Roster: Tom Bohli (SUI), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Martin Elmiger (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Miles Scotson (AUS), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Bram Welten (NED)
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL)