BMC Racing Team Welcomes Alexander Evans and Freddy Ovett as Stagiaires27. July 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Alexander Evans and Freddy Ovett will join BMC Racing Team as stagiaires from August 1 with the Australian duo set to make their debut at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
Evans, 21, and Ovett, 24, will gain valuable experience at the WorldTour level, BMC Racing Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz said.
“We are pleased to welcome Alexander Evans and Freddy Ovett as stagiaires this year. They will have a diverse race program with us and will be able to learn from some of the most experienced riders in the peloton, starting with the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, which will be a great learning curve for both riders,” Ochowicz said.
“Both Alexander and Freddy impressed this year at the Herald Sun Tour so we are excited to see what they can do in the upcoming races. We obviously have a strong connection to Australian riders so it is good to welcome some young talent to BMC Racing Team to race alongside some of Australia’s most well known riders; Rohan Dennis, Simon Gerrans, Richie Porte, and Miles Scotson.”
For Evans, the opportunity to join BMC Racing Team as a stagiaire is an important step in his career.
“I’m looking forward to being around some of the best professionals in pro cycling and learning as much as possible, not just from the riders but all of the people that make up the team. This will be the first time I'm in a team with dedicated performance coaches, soigneurs, and mechanics and I think it will be a great experience. I hope to learn as much as I can about the tactics and plans during a race from the more experienced guys and I'm very much looking forward to taking part in some of the races in my program, especially those that go uphill,” Evans said.
“To be given the chance to be part of BMC Racing Team as a stagiaire and ride in the same colours as Cadel Evans, Richie Porte, Simon Gerrans, Miles Scotson and Rohan Dennis is really a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Ovett is excited to gain experience at the WorldTour level with BMC Racing Team.
“Joining BMC Racing Team for the last half of the year is quite simply a dream come true. It’s a team I’ve been very fond of since I started cycling and I’m very humbled to be given this opportunity by the team. I’m looking forward to meeting all the staff and riders and beginning my journey of understanding how to be a successful professional at the highest level. It’s exciting to be a part of one of cycling’s biggest professional teams and I’m looking to learn as much as possible within this time period,” Ovett said.
“BMC Racing Team’s connection with Australian riders was obviously a massive drawcard to me. Having met Richie Porte and Simon Gerrans a few times in the past and being mates with Miles Scotson and Rohan Dennis, there was a direct connection with the team and I believe this will make my transition into the team a lot easier. I’m hoping that at the end of this stagiaire period I can honestly say I did everything I could in my power to help the team achieve good results. In addition to that, I’m looking to learn as much as possible from both the staff and riders about the world of professional cycling at the highest level, and in general enjoy the whole experience and have fun with it, as that is after all why we ride a bike.”