With both a team time trial and an individual time trial at the Eneco Tour of Benelux, the BMC Racing Team will look to Olympian Taylor Phinney to lead the squad in the seven-day race that begins Monday.
Aiming For The Overall
In last year’s Eneco Tour, Phinney won the prologue, held the lead through Stage 3 and finished in the top 10 five times on the way to fourth place overall. The former U.S. national time trial champion said he’s in even better shape this time, coming off a pair of fourth place finishes in the Olympic road race and time trial in London. “Last year I was on a level that I would consider a lot lower than where I am now,” Phinney said. “I’d like to go back this time and win the team time trial and the short time trial and I think we have a shot to win the race overall.” BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said Phinney isn’t the only one enjoying good form. “Klaas Lodewyck is going well, as is Greg Van Avermaet and Adam Blythe won earlier this week in Paris-Corrèze,” he said. “So we’re definitely motivated to go for the overall.”
BMC Racing Team Eneco Tour of Benelux Roster (Aug. 6-12):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Adam Blythe (GBR), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Martin Kohler (SUI), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).
Fabio Baldato (ITA)
Max Sciandri (GBR/ITA)
Dario Spinelli (ITA)
Blandine Roquelet (FRA)
Bus Driver: Filip Sercu (BEL). Mechanics: Bertrand Lourtie (BEL), Nick Mondelaers (BEL), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Bernd Coutteau (BEL), Anthony Lafourte (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA), Freddy Viaene (BEL).