BMC Racing Team with Multiple Ambitions in La Vuelta a Espana
The BMC Racing Team sends a strong and experienced line-up to the 2017 Vuelta a Espana to pursue a "multiple objectives" strategy.
"We are lining up at the Vuelta a España with one of the strongest rosters we have named in recent years," BMC Racing Team sports director Yvon Ledanois said. "As a result, we have a number of different goals for the race. The Team time trial in Nimes is a big objective for us. Team time trials are always an important discipline for BMC Racing Team, but at this year's Vuelta a Espana, a good result means starting the three-week race with good morale and motivation, and potentially the leader's jersey," Ledanois explained.
"For the Vuelta general classification we have a number of riders who can be up there, including Tejay van Garderen, Nicolas Roche and Samuel Sánchez. These riders are very motivated for a good result overall so we will take things day by day and see how the race plays out."
"I'm always looking forward to the Tour of Spain, because it's probably my favorite race of the year," Roche explained. "I'm excited to start the race for the seventh time in my career and I hope to do well on both a team and personal level. I think we have a strong team and it will be nice to get things underway with the team time trial. The Vuelta a Espana is always tough and this year is no exception so we will take things day by day."
"This year's edition of La Vuelta a España has very demanding routes with many steep climbs and towns visited for the first time," Sanchez said. "We will have to live day by day as many stages will require superior mental and physical strength. We bring a quite balanced team to fight for stages and try to be on top. For me, this is a chance to forget last year's bad experiences and do a good result this year."
"The Vuelta a España was my first grand tour back in 2010. I love the warm weather and beautiful Spanish scenery," van Garderen told RoadCycling.com. "It's a tough course with lots of steep uphill finishes that lends many different opportunities for attacks and an explosive style of racing. I'd like to try and climb as high as possible on the General Classification, and hopefully challenge for a stage victory. We also have a strong team to challenge for the team classification which would be a huge honor to win."
The team has also selected Daniel Oss and Francisco Ventoso for its Vuelta a Espana roster.
"In Daniel Oss and Francisco Ventoso, we have two strong riders who will play an important role in protecting our leaders, and for Kilian Frankiny, who will make his Grand Tour debut, this will be a good learning experience for the future."
"I would like to see aggressive racing from all of our riders and with guys like Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi and Rohan Dennis, we have a good chance for stage wins," Ledanois explained.
Rohan Dennis, himself, is hoping to be able to obtain a good result in the Vuelta general classification.
"I am lining up at the Vuelta a España with a pretty loose General Classification objective. My goals are going for some stage wins and hopefully I will be able to test myself in the mountain stages against the General Classification guys," Dennis told RoadCycling.com.
The 72nd edition of the Vuelta a España starts on Saturday, August 19th with a 13.8km Team Time Trial in Nimes, France and finishes on Sunday, September 10 with the traditional sprinters' stage in Madrid.
BMC Racing Team line-up for La Vuelta a Espana 2017:
Rohan Dennis (AUS), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Daniel Oss (ITA), and Kilian Frankiny (SUI).