What's Cool In Road Cycling

BMC Development Team Celebrates More Success

More than half-a-dozen victories – including several Swiss national titles – highlight the BMC Development Team’s list of accomplishments as the first-year squad reaches the midpoint of its season.

Several Riders Making Headlines
Silvan Dillier led the way with victories in the month of June in both the Swiss elite road race and the individual time trial in the past week, along with a win at Flèche Ardennaise on June 16. Stefan Küng won the Under 23 Swiss time trial last week and Tim Roe and Loïc Vliegen produced a 1-2 finish at Romsée-Stavelot-Romsée in Belgium on June 18. Most recently, three BMC Development Team riders placed in the top 10 at Oetingen on Wednesday: Jakub Novak was sixth, Vliegen was seventh and Dillier was ninth, while Novak earned “king of the mountain” honors. “The most amazing thing to me is that it’s not just one rider winning; it’s three or four different riders,” BMC Development Team General Manager Rik Verbrugghe said. “We have so many good riders that people will be hearing about these guys a lot in the future. I am sure of that.”

Two Big Races In July
One of the BMC Development Team’s wins proved to be a milestone for Roe, who suffered through a host of health problems during two seasons with the BMC Racing Team. “To win the race was an amazing feeling,” he said. “The last couple of years were not the years I had hoped for. But I kept telling myself that I needed to look forward, and focus on coming out the other side of this stronger both physically and mentally.” For the month of July, the BMC Development Team will compete in two major stage races: Val d’Aosta in Italy on July 9-14 and the Cascade Cycling Classic in Oregon (July 17-21). “Val d’Aosta is like a small Tour de France,” Verbrugghe said. “It’s in the Alps with three stages in Italy and two in France – nearly all of them mountain stages and there’s also a prologue.” Racing on two different continents back-to-back will be a challenge, but one the team is ready to face, Verbrugghe said. “We have 14 good riders and everybody is going to ride and contribute in these two big races,” he said.

Williams Out With Injury
The BMC Development Team did suffer a setback Thursday when Tyler Williams crashed and broke his left collarbone while competing at the Tour of America’s Dairyland in Wisconsin. Verbrugghe said Williams had his sights set on strong finishes at the USA Cycling Amateur Road Championships in Madison, Wis., next week, and next month’s Cascade Classic. “It’s too bad that he’s going to miss those races, but we will adjust his schedule so he can return in good form in time for the Tour de l’Avenir with the U.S. national team,” Verbrugghe said. The eight-day race, which is considered a mini-Tour de France for young riders, begins Aug. 24.

Like PEZ? Why not subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive updates and reminders on what's cool in road cycling?

Comments are closed.