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CCC Pro Team (UCI team code: CPT) is a UCI WorldTeam title sponsored by CCC, a Polish-based shoe retailer. The team is co-owned by American cyclist Jim Ochowicz, who founded the 7-Eleven Cycling Team, and is the team manager.

CCC Pro Team
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Team information
UCI codeBMC (2007–2018)
CPT (since 2019)
RegisteredUnited States (2007–2018)
Poland (since 2019)
Founded2007 (2007)
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesGiant
ComponentsShimano
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerJim Ochowicz
Team manager(s)Allan Peiper
Team name history
2007–2018
2019–
BMC Racing Team
CCC Team
Current season

Contents

OwnershipEdit

The team was owned by Swiss businessman Andy Rihs until his death.[1] After his death the team passed to Jim Ochowicz and Gavin Chilcott.

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]

In February 2019, Kronen Zeitung broke news that a number of professional cyclists had been implicated in the doping scandal uncovered at the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Later, Stefan Denifl confessed to blood doping in a police interview[13] with CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz confirming that team's medical assessment of Denifl's biological passport showed no warning signs of blood doping.[14]

Team rosterEdit

As of 3 January 2019.[15][16]
Rider Date of birth
  Amaro Antunes (POR) (1990-11-27) 27 November 1990 (age 28)
  Will Barta (USA) (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 (age 23)
  Paweł Bernas (POL) (1990-05-24) 24 May 1990 (age 28)
  Patrick Bevin (NZL) (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 28)
  Josef Černý (CZE) (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 25)
  Víctor de la Parte (ESP) (1986-06-22) 22 June 1986 (age 32)
  Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) (1986-05-19) 19 May 1986 (age 32)
  Simon Geschke (GER) (1986-03-13) 13 March 1986 (age 33)
  Kamil Gradek (POL) (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 28)
  Jonas Koch (GER) (1993-06-25) 25 June 1993 (age 25)
  Jakub Mareczko (ITA) (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 24)
  Łukasz Owsian (POL) (1990-02-24) 24 February 1990 (age 29)
Rider Date of birth
  Serge Pauwels (BEL) (1983-11-21) 21 November 1983 (age 35)
  Joey Rosskopf (USA) (1989-09-05) 5 September 1989 (age 29)
  Szymon Sajnok (POL) (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 21)
  Michael Schär (SUI) (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 32)
  Laurens ten Dam (NED) (1980-11-13) 13 November 1980 (age 38)
  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) (1985-05-17) 17 May 1985 (age 33)
  Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL) (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 27)
  Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL) (1995-10-12) 12 October 1995 (age 23)
  Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL) (1991-02-14) 14 February 1991 (age 28)
  Francisco Ventoso (ESP) (1982-05-06) 6 May 1982 (age 36)
  Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL) (1991-12-07) 7 December 1991 (age 27)
  Riccardo Zoidl (AUT) (1988-04-08) 8 April 1988 (age 30)

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
  World Time Trial, Rohan Dennis
2019
  New Zealand Time Trial, Patrick Bevin

SponsorsEdit

In 2013, besides BMC, notable sponsors include 3T Cycling, Shimano, and Continental AG.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bmc-racing-owner-andy-rihs-dies-aged-75/
  2. ^ "Directeur sportif John Lelangue leaves BMC Racing". 22 July 2013.
  3. ^ "BMC Racing Team Hires Piva As Sports Director". BMC Racing Team. September 2, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Professional cycling 2014-2015 Transfer Index - Cycling Weekly". 7 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Rohan Dennis switches from Garmin to BMC mid-season - Cycling Weekly". 4 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Richie Porte confirms he will leave Team Sky at end of cycling season". theguardian.com. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Porte confirmed with BMC for 2016 - Cyclingnews.com".
  8. ^ https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/bmc-racing-ccc-merger-2019-completed-say-sources-386713
  9. ^ "Frei explains the motivation behind his doping - Cyclingnews.com".
  10. ^ "Frei confesses to EPO usage and is released by BMC - Cyclingnews.com".
  11. ^ "Samuel Sanchez tests positive in out-of-competition control - Cyclingnews.com".
  12. ^ "Samuel Sanchez: Test result was a total surprise - Cyclingnews.com".
  13. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/denifl-confesses-to-blood-doping-in-police-interview/#disqus_thread
  14. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ochowicz-no-red-flags-in-denifls-biological-passport/
  15. ^ Ferri, Marco (24 December 2018). "CCC Team, Riccardo Zoidl prende il posto di Denifl e completa il roster" [CCC Team, Riccardo Zoidl takes the place of Denifl and completes the roster]. SpazioCiclismo – Cyclingpro.net (in Italian). Gravatar. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Jonas Koch maakt selectie CCC voor 2019 compleet" [Jonas Koch completes CCC selection for 2019]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Mediahuis. Belga. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Partners". BMC. Archived from the original on 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-07-16.

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