BMC Racing Team will back a strong and experienced team at the Vuelta a España.
“We are lining up at the Vuelta a España with one of the strongest rosters we have named in recent years”, says Yvon Ledanois. “As a result, we have a number of different goals for the race”.
“To start with, 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 here at the Vuelta a España, a good result means starting the three-week race with good morale and motivation, and potentially the leader’s jersey,” Ledanois explained.
“For the General Classification, we have a number of riders who can be up there, including Tejay van Garderen, Nicolas Roche. 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 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. 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.”
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.
“The Vuelta a España was my first grand tour back in 2010. I love the warm weather and beautiful Spanish scenery”, says Tejay Van Garderen. “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.”