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Cadel Evans takes stronger BMC team to the Tour
Jun 20th, 12. Defending champion Cadel Evans believes the BMC Racng Team's Tour de France team, announced today, is even stronger than the team he had last year.
The team was confirmed today by team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz and Directeur Sportif John Lelangue.
Evans said he is buoyed by confidence gained from his first Tour victory last year in seven appearances.
"I know now that I can win it and my lead-up this year is nearly identical to what we did last year," he said.
"We're bringing an even stronger team to the Tour this year and the route would seem to favour me. But the time trials will change the dynamics of the race and some of the tactics of my rivals. But like last year, I'll go to the Tour with my own plan, to ride my own race."
In addition to a stage win and third place overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné, Evans' lead-up to the Tour included a win in the time trial stage of the Critérium International on the way to overall victory.
Difficult Roster Choice
"We have a number of qualified athletes, all of whom who could have been a great addition to this team," Ochowicz said. "We're looking forward to a challenging race, but one that we're prepared to take on. What we got out of last year's Tour was that we did a lot of things right and not too many things wrong. We'd like to repeat that this time around."
Returning to join Evans from last year's Tour team are Marcus Burghardt, George Hincapie, Amaël Moinard, Manuel Quinziato and Michael Schär. Joining them will be three riders new to the BMC Racing Team this year: Steve Cummings, Philippe Gilbert and Tejay van Garderen.
"We have one objective: to defend Cadel's title and bring him to the podium in Paris," Lelangue said. "Everyone will know clearly what their job is during the three weeks of racing. Our roster has a really good balance, especially considering the parcours."
N.B BMC's Thor Hushovd, who won two stages and wore the Maillot Jeune for seven days last Tour de France, announced earlier this month that he will skip the Tour as he recovers from a viral infection that slowed him earlier this season. (Full details ...)
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