A Talented Field
A 16.9-kilometer team time trial that opens the seven-day race is an opportunity to immediately set the tone, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. “The most important thing is to get the team started in the right way in the team time trial,” he said. “We certainly have the manpower to do well.” Evans, who finished third in his first stage race of the season (Tour of Oman) and won Tirreno-Adriatico in 2011, said he looks forward to testing himself against a talented field. “Some of the biggest stage racing riders in the world will be there,” he said. “Strade Bianche was a good indication for me, though I didn’t make the final in the front group. We’ll see how the team time trial goes and then we’ll take it from there.” The BMC Racing Team will look to Taylor Phinney in both the team time trial and as a potential winner of the final-stage, 9.2 km individual time trial. Phinney was part of the winning team time trial squad at the Tour of Oman and was the silver medalist at last year’s UCI world time trial championship. “The course for that last time trial is a great one for him,” Sciandri said.
BMC Racing Team Tirreno-Adriatico Roster (March 6-12):
steve cummings (GBR), Cadel Evans (AUS), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).
Jim Ochowicz (USA)
Andy Rihs (SUI)
Fabio Baldato (ITA)
Max Sciandri (ITA)
Giovanni Ruffini (ITA)
Chief Communications Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)
Bus Driver: Steven Christiaens (BEL). Chef: Walter Grözinger (GER). Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Alessandro Gaia (ITA), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Nutritionist: Judith Haudum (AUT). Performance Mechanic: Christian Moore (AUS). Soigneurs: David Bombeke (BEL), Gunther Landrie (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA), Freddy Viaene (BEL).