Bohli Joins BMC Racing Team For 201627. November 2015, Santa Rosa, California — Road Team
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Friday that Tom Bohli will be part of the team for 2016.
The 21-year-old Swiss becomes the latest BMC Development Team rider to graduate to the U.S.-registered WorldTour squad. He rode as a stagiaire along with another fellow BMC Development Team rider, Floris Gerts, who has also signed for next season.
"I have been racing three years for the BMC Development Team and have always felt like part of the BMC family," Bohli said. "I feel good in this team and, beyond that, it is no secret that it is one of the most professional and best teams in the pro peloton. That makes it to me a big honor and pleasure to become a part of all of this."
This season, Bohli won the prologue at the Tour de Normandie in March and led the race for two days on the way to a sixth place overall finish. In May, he won Berner Rundfahrt (Tour de Berne) and was runner-up in the Under 23 national time trial in June. He was also runner-up in the Stage 5 individual time trial at Olympia's 3M Tour and led the Tour de l'Avenir for two days. At the UCI world championships in Richmond, he finished 12th in the Under 23 road race.
Ochowicz said Bohli's time trial performances have not gone unnoticed.
"We are excited that Tom will be graduating from the BMC Development Team to the BMC Racing Team in 2016," Ochowicz said. "He has shown a high degree of performance in 2015, especially in the time trials events. We look forward to working with him and finding rewarding challenges for him throughout his rookie season."
Bohli said he expects a significant change in his step up to the pro peloton.
"It is a higher level and everything is going to be more professional," he said. "I want to take things step-by-step and hope to adapt soon to all of it. I want to do a good job for the team and, maybe if my shape and the circumstances allow, I am very eager to make some good results maybe even some podiums."
In keeping with BMC Racing Team policy, specific terms of Bohli's contract were not released.