Tejay van Garderen, winner of the Amgen Tour of California, headlines the BMC Racing Team’s roster for the Tour de Suisse, June 8-16.
Experience Around Van Garderen
The nine-day race begins and ends with time trials and includes several significant mountain stages, which should suit van Garderen well, BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. “We have confidence in Tejay coming out of California in good shape and we have four riders who helped him there who will be in Switzerland: Philippe Gilbert, Mathias Frank, Amaël Moinard and Michael Schär,” Lelangue said. “We know the whole race is pretty difficult and surely the last time trial, which finishes with a climb.” Van Garderen, who has a runner-up result at the Tour de San Luis to go along with third overall and best young rider honors at Critérium International and fourth at Paris-Nice, said he hopes to hold the form he enjoyed in winning his first stage race as a professional. “It will be a good final preparation for the Tour de France,” van Garderen said. “Coming off the good legs I had in California, it’s another good chance for a result.” Lelangue also said Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler will be part of the Tour de Suisse roster, and not start Sunday in the Critérium du Dauphiné, as previously announced. Marco Pinotti will replace Kohler for the race in France, Lelangue said.
BMC Racing Team Tour de Suisse Roster (June 8-16):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Mathias Frank (SUI), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Martin Kohler (SUI), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA).
John Lelangue (BEL)
Fabio Baldato (ITA)
Roger Palfreeman (GBR)
Bobby Julich (USA)
Allan Peiper (AUS)
Sean Weide (USA)
Bus Driver: Steven Christiaens (BEL). Chef: Walter Grözinger (GER). Mechanics: Alessandro Gaia (ITA), Kevin Grove (USA), Ian Sherburne (USA). Soigneurs: Chris De Vos (BEL), Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA), Luca Vaiente (ITA).