BMC Racing Team Targets General Classification on Home Soil28. July 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team will return stateside next week for The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, where Brent Bookwalter will lead the charge for the General Classification.
Sports Director Jackson Stewart said the team has multiple objectives at the race.
“Brent Bookwalter is our rider for the General Classification, a role he deserves after some solid results in the first part of the year. Joey Rosskopf and Kilian Frankiny will also have freedom on the stage 2 summit finish and riders like Silvan Dillier will have the opportunity to jump in a good breakaway. We are ambitious but I would like to see us win the overall and the time trial, and I think we will be competitive and aggressive in all of the stages,” Stewart explained.
“This year is a very different race as we have an uphill time trial and the Snow Basin summit finish is a road we haven’t raced on before. The queen stage to Snowbird will be interesting as it is only 100km so we can expect a really aggressive stage. We are a bit lower in altitude this year but I think the race route suits us well.”
Bookwalter is looking forward to racing on home soil.
“This year's route has some of the classics sections which I've experienced in previous editions but also some exciting new sections like the long gravel sector on stage 4, the Big Cottonwood TT and a new summit finish at Snow Basin. Traditionally, this is a race that is won by a pure climber. My success here in the past has been more from versatility and tenacity than pure climbing strength, so I'll look to race heads up and switched on this week, capitalizing on my strength in areas other than just the climbs,” Bookwalter said.
“I've had a fairly laid back build up to this next phase of races so am interested to see how my condition is. I'm always inspired to race in the USA so I know I'll have that extra bit of motivation that is needed when the race heats up. We have a well rounded and powerful team of climbers and opportunists in Utah so am looking forward to relying on our collective strength through the seven stages.”
For Joey Rosskopf, The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is the first chance to wear his stars and stripes time trial champion jersey.
"I'm not necessarily excited that the time trial is a hill climb, but nonetheless it's really exciting to debut the jersey here in the US when so much of my time is spent elsewhere. Hopefully the jersey will add an extra level of strength and motivation to drag my big bod up Big Cottonwood,” Rosskopf said.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (July 31 – August 6)
Rider Roster: Tom Bohli (SUI), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Martin Elmiger (SUI), Kilian Frankiny (SUI), Patrick Müller (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Manuel Senni (ITA).
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA)