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BMC Racing Team (UCI team code: BMC) is a UCI ProTeam title sponsored by BMC, a Swiss-based bicycle frame manufacturer. The team is co-owned by American cyclist Jim Ochowicz, who founded the 7-Eleven Cycling Team, and is the team manager.

BMC Racing Team
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Team information
UCI code BMC
Registered United States
Founded 2007 (2007)
Discipline Road
Status UCI WorldTeam
Bicycles BMC
Components Shimano
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Jim Ochowicz
Team manager(s) Allan Peiper
Team name history
2007– BMC Racing Team
BMC Racing Team jersey
Jersey
Current season

Contents

OwnershipEdit

The team was owned by Swiss businessman Andy Rihs.[1]

HistoryEdit

The team signed a number of major international riders for the 2010 season, including 2009 World Champion, two-time Tour de France runner-up and 2011 winner Cadel Evans, 2009 U.S. Road Race Champion George Hincapie, 2008 World Champion Alessandro Ballan and Spring Classics specialists Karsten Kroon and Marcus Burghardt.

In 2010 the team participated in their first Grand Tours, having been invited to compete in the 2010 Tour de France and the 2010 Giro d'Italia. In 2011, the team attained UCI ProTeam status, the most prestigious classification available, and BMC rider Cadel Evans won the 2011 Tour de France. For 2012 the team signed Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert, the 2010 and 2012 world-champions respectively.

In 2012, Evans was unable to defend his title at the Tour de France, finishing in seventh overall, two places behind teammate Tejay van Garderen.

Cadel Evans placed third overall at the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

At the 2013 Tour de France, Cadel Evans finished 39th, Tejay van Garderen 45th, with Steve Morabito the highest placed overall at 35th. Shortly after the end of the Tour, it was announced that John Lelangue, who had been directeur sportif since the team was founded in 2007, was leaving the team "for personal reasons".[2] In September 2013 Jim Ochowicz announced the appointment of Valerio Piva as Lelangue's replacement.[3]

For the 2015 season, BMC signed Alessandro De Marchi, Damiano Caruso and Jempy Drucker for the 2015 season[4] The team also announced they had signed Rohan Dennis - his transfer however was effective immediately.[5] Avermaet finished 8th in the World Tour individual classification, scoring wins at the Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix and Eneco Tour.. Meanwhile, the team won the Team Time Trial World Championship.

For the 2016 season, the team signed Richie Porte.[6][7] He scored podiums at the Tour Down Under and Paris–Nice to finish 7th in the World Tour individual classification, whereas Van Avermaet finished 6th overall after winning the Tirreno–Adriatico and GP de Montréal.

In the 2017 season, Van Avermaet won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem and the Paris–Roubaix, therefore he claimed the first place at the World Tour individual classification. Porte finished 12th overall, having won the Tour Down Under and Tour de Romandie. BMC ranked third in the World Tour points classifiation.

In the 2018 season, Porte won the Tour de Suisse.

In July 2018 the team announced the team would merge with CCC–Sprandi–Polkowice for the 2019 season.[8] Van Avermaet will continue as leader, whereas Porte is expected to leave the team.

DopingEdit

In April 2010, Thomas Frei tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO), Frei was immediately withdrawn from racing by the team.[9] Frei was later sacked by the team.[10]

In August 2017, the UCI confirmed that Samuel Sanchez had returned a positive out of competition drug test for GHRP-2 (Pralmorelin).[11] He was immediately suspended by the team pending analysis of his B-sample.[12]

Team rosterEdit

As of January 2, 2018.[13]
Rider Date of birth
  Alberto Bettiol (ITA) (1993-10-29) October 29, 1993 (age 24)
  Patrick Bevin (NZL) (1991-02-15) February 15, 1991 (age 27)
  Tom Bohli (SUI) (1994-01-17) January 17, 1994 (age 24)
  Brent Bookwalter (USA) (1984-02-16) February 16, 1984 (age 34)
  Damiano Caruso (ITA) (1987-10-12) October 12, 1987 (age 30)
  Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) (1986-05-19) May 19, 1986 (age 32)
  Rohan Dennis (AUS) (1990-05-28) May 28, 1990 (age 28)
  Jempy Drucker (LUX) (1986-09-03) September 3, 1986 (age 31)
  Kilian Frankiny (SUI) (1994-01-26) January 26, 1994 (age 24)
  Simon Gerrans (AUS) (1980-05-16) May 16, 1980 (age 38)
  Stefan Küng (SUI) (1993-11-16) November 16, 1993 (age 24)
  Richie Porte (AUS) (1985-01-30) January 30, 1985 (age 33)
Rider Date of birth
  Nicolas Roche (IRL) (1984-07-03) July 3, 1984 (age 34)
  Jürgen Roelandts (BEL) (1985-07-02) July 2, 1985 (age 33)
  Joey Rosskopf (USA) (1989-09-05) September 5, 1989 (age 28)
  Michael Schär (SUI) (1986-09-29) September 29, 1986 (age 31)
  Miles Scotson (AUS) (1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 24)
  Dylan Teuns (BEL) (1992-03-01) March 1, 1992 (age 26)
  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) (1985-05-17) May 17, 1985 (age 33)
  Tejay van Garderen (USA) (1988-08-12) August 12, 1988 (age 30)
  Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL) (1995-10-12) October 12, 1995 (age 22)
  Francisco Ventoso (ESP) (1982-05-06) May 6, 1982 (age 36)
  Loïc Vliegen (BEL) (1993-12-20) December 20, 1993 (age 24)
  Danilo Wyss (SUI) (1985-08-26) August 26, 1985 (age 32)

Major winsEdit

National and world championsEdit

2011
  Norway Road Race, Alexander Kristoff
  Switzerland Time Trial, Martin Kohler
2012
  Switzerland Road Race, Martin Kohler
  World Road Race, Philippe Gilbert
2013
  Italian Road Race, Ivan Santaromita
  Italian Time Trial, Marco Pinotti
  Switzerland Road Race, Michael Schär
  Norway Road Race, Thor Hushovd
2014
  USA Time Trial, Taylor Phinney
  Slovakia Time Trial, Peter Velits
2015
  World Track (Individual pursuit), Stefan Küng
  Switzerland Time Trial, Silvan Dillier
  Switzerland Road Race, Danilo Wyss
  Switzerland Track (Individual pursuit), Stefan Küng
  Switzerland Track (Points race), Stefan Küng
2016
  Australian Time Trial, Rohan Dennis
  USA Time Trial, Taylor Phinney
  Italian Time Trial, Manuel Quinziato
  Belgium Road Race Championships, Philippe Gilbert
2017
  Australian Time Trial, Rohan Dennis
  Australian Road Race, Miles Scotson
  Luxembourg Time Trial, Jempy Drucker
  Switzerland Time Trial, Stefan Küng
  USA Time Trial, Joey Rosskopf
  Switzerland Road Race, Silvan Dillier
2018
  Australian Time Trial, Rohan Dennis
  USA Time Trial, Joey Rosskopf
  Switzerland Time Trial, Stefan Küng

SponsorsEdit

In 2013, besides BMC, notable sponsors include 3T Cycling, Shimano, and Continental AG.[14]

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit