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Professional Cycling => Men's Road Cycling => Topic started by: just some guy on November 23, 2013, 07:21

Title: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on November 23, 2013, 07:21
we seem to only have threads of a negative nature re BMC and how they ride, Fat Phil  etc   :lol  maybe a general news thread ?

(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2013/11/ReedPhinneyKing.CBG_-659x440.jpg)

Eyes on the Tour, Phinney changes training base, hires McCalvin (http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/11/news/eyes-on-the-tour-phinney-changes-training-base-hires-mccalvin_309848)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on November 23, 2013, 14:44
we seem to only have threads of a negative nature re BMC and how they ride, Fat Phil  etc   :lol  maybe a general news thread ?

(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2013/11/ReedPhinneyKing.CBG_-659x440.jpg)

Eyes on the Tour, Phinney changes training base, hires McCalvin (http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/11/news/eyes-on-the-tour-phinney-changes-training-base-hires-mccalvin_309848)
Personal Soigneurs? Perhaps BMC aren't copying Sky after all.

Sky have a pool of Soigneurs and actively discourage working direct with individual riders.

The lead soigneur is an Italian, Mario Pafundi,  who had a total of one year in lower pro ranks and quit because he wouldn't take the sauce (compare with Ellingworth) and on last years tour de france, both him and Brailsford thought that one soigneur, David Rozman, spent too much time with Froome and didn't do enough of his other tasks. So 2014 is new policy with soigneur rotation and Rozman won't be doing many of Froome's races.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on November 27, 2013, 06:26
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on November 27, 2013, 06:34
Mentioned this somewhere a while ago

Van Garderen will "classic way" to the Tour without California

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67559 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67559)

GT

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Tejay Van Garderen will be the team leader of the BMC Racing Team for the Tour de France, Cadel Evans in the absence of that bet on the Giro d'Italia. After his fifth place in 2012 and despite its bump this year, Allan Peiper trusts the powers of the U.S. and has therefore prepared a racing calendar "classic" to the French round.

"It's all geared to the Tour de France so it will not go to the Tour of California," confirms Peiper, manager performance BMC on Cyclingnews. Van Garderen won last year's U.S. round in May but then was less in the Tour de Switzerland and the Tour de France not lived up to, 45 ° and second in Alpe d'Huez.

"Instead, it will become a classic of preparation to the Tour de France for Dauphiné, Romandie and Paris-Nice. He has the weight on his shoulders in 2014 and realizes that. With a good program and a good structure it should follow all the steps to the big event, "said Peiper. "If you want to win in California and have a peak for the Tour, is a short time and is a natural break," he adds.

This 2013, Van Garderen (1988) won the Tour of California and USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, was segnudo in the Tour de San Luis, third in Criterium International, fourth in Paris-Nice and seventh in the Tour of Switzerland but failed in its main objective of the Tour.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on November 27, 2013, 14:25
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 02, 2013, 06:34
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/2013-report-card-bmc-racing-team
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Capt_Cavman on December 02, 2013, 09:25
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/2013-report-card-bmc-racing-team
Van Avermaet's achievements don't count for much in that report.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 02, 2013, 09:50
Van Avermaet's achievements don't count for much in that report.

nope  and poor kids get easier marking schedules apparently
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 04, 2013, 15:35
http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67725 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67725)

GT
Atapuma want to "learn the most" in the BMC to be "a great champion"

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Atapuma Darwin (1988) makes the leap to WorldTour Hand BMC Racing Team and hopes to meet the expectations after two good seasons in Colombia Team. In 2014, the Tour de France on your calendar for Tejay Van Garderen help in the mountains. Colombian cyclist expects "full learning" in the future to be "a great champion".

The general manager Jim Ochowicz himself has made ​​known what to expect from him in the BMC Racing Team. "I got to talk to him, speaks Spanish, English, Italian. He told me he wanted on the payroll for next season over a climber, and looked at me these cycling conditions. That i can bring great things to the team and I hope to answer that confidence in all the races where there will be. And over the years to earn that same trust to lead a major test, "says the Colombian cyclist cycling World Magazine from the camp in Salt Lake City (Utah).

Atapuma already know what the hot spots in your calendar be in 2014: "He debuted with the BMC at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, then back to Colombia to get on with my face to the Adriatic Tirreno preparation, in the Round the Country Vasco think I'm as leader-like in San Luis, then I will make a couple of classics in Belgium, I think the Liege and Amstel Gold Race, then I will run the Critérium Dauphiné and we will be ready to debut at the Tour de France " . "They sent me the plan of work and I have been nominated to run the Tour de France next to Tejay Van Garderen," he adds.

"At the beginning of the year I'll be there in Colombia until the Tour de San Luis, then I go back to the country to prepare the rest of the season and the following races. I will have in Italy the same residence wearing the Team Colombia, is a place I already know, I'll be near Marco (Pinotti) is going to be a doctor and a mechanic always looking out for me, "he reveals.

In 2013, Atapuma won the queen stage of the Tour of Poland and finished 18th Giro d'Italia and last year won the Giro del Trentino. The Colombian defend the same jersey that Cadel Evans, Philippe Gilbert and Thor Hushovd. "That's one of the many reasons that I will have for the next season, they are great riders, already recognized, who have won important things too, experienced and stroke. I hope to learn the most, that gives me great joy and I wish every day, and to be sharing races with them, I still trained to be a great champion. "

In preparation, a very important person Marco Pinotti is postulated and have begun to work together. "Marco is a great champion and has come to my Nariño department to see where I train, what do specific jobs in height, how to feed me, to give me good tips to increase in the time trial and what should I do to continue growing in the route. There are many things that one gets to ignore in this world of cycling and the help and expertise it has served me well and I hope to implement next year and give 100% of me, "says the Colombian web.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 18, 2013, 07:48
photos from the 1st camp

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/12/gallery/gallery-bmc-racing-prepares-for-2014-with-denia-training-camp_311388 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/12/gallery/gallery-bmc-racing-prepares-for-2014-with-denia-training-camp_311388)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 09, 2014, 11:41
Few photos from camp.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/gallery-bmc-in-training-in-spain
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 15, 2014, 18:57
https://twitter.com/CyclingUptodate/status/423404750143356928
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on January 16, 2014, 11:00
Tina Levin has had a chat with "the wonderkid", Sebastian Lander. Part one of the interview is now up:
Lander: "You have to be ready to get your ass kicked!" (http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/lander_you_have_to_be_ready_to_get_your_ass_kicked/)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joachim on January 20, 2014, 09:18
http://t.co/ZwdaTMwWHQ
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Echoes on January 20, 2014, 09:52
Very interesting thread. I learned a lot.

Edit: should now read "interesting post"
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joachim on January 20, 2014, 09:53
I can teach you a lot, Echoes.

The one thing I can't teach you, though, is a sense of humour.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 20, 2014, 09:55
Merged topics

ps you 2 stop the pot shots.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on January 20, 2014, 10:49
Tina Levin has had a chat with "the wonderkid", Sebastian Lander.
Part two is up as well:
Lander: "In my opinion I was nothing but a big loser" (http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/lander_in_my_opinion_i_was_nothing_but_a_big_loser/)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on January 20, 2014, 13:30
Interesting interview with Alan Peiper:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/01/news/bmc-bets-on-tejay-no-cali-defense-as-van-garderen-builds-for-tour_313914

- Stetina / Velits were recruited because they were mates of Teejay
- Julich is now Teejay's coach (he'll know what is needed to beat Froome)
- recruited six people to new sports science group
- basically all-in for teejay
- evans to be put out to pasture gracefully.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 20, 2014, 14:46
Peiper is a genius.

Evans gets support, gets his guys but gets the we do not think your quiet up for it. Watch Evans say flip you and do well.

TJVG gets public support, the cuddles ( see what I did there ) his mates and the training, he also gets the it is ok if you don't do well we love you, which TJ needs. TJ to make JV envious with the most annomius top 5 at the tdf ever.

hopefully Gilbert was told full retard ;)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 22, 2014, 06:08
Rick Zabel: I'm writing my own story
 (http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/542102/rick-zabel-i-m-writing-my-own-story.html)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 23, 2014, 13:13
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/16215/Peter-Stetina-Interview-New-BMC-Racing-Team-signing-shining-in-Tour-de-San-Luis.aspx
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 26, 2014, 06:43
2015 or 16 ?

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However Evans created headlines of his own when the former world champion and Tour de France winner hinted at possible retirement at the big bike race in South Australia.

"If Adelaide will have me back it that would be so cool for this to be my last racing appearance," said an exhausted Evans. "Don't be so sure this will be my last Tour Down Under.

"We are all getting older but I don't think I am too old just yet to race and be competitive," continued Evans, who was making his first race appearance since 2010 when he was ninth overall. "It was a different Tour Down Under than any I have ridden before and that showed in the performance I could do."

Cadel Evans fails to unseat Gerrans, hints retirement at Tour Down Under (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cadel-evans-fails-to-unseat-gerrans-hints-retirement-at-tour-down-under)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 26, 2014, 07:06
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34xfJzjFxzI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEk-gEs6l-A
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 27, 2014, 08:32
http://bicycling.com/news/pro-cycling/taylor-phinney-ready-suffer-2014
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on January 27, 2014, 13:53
Good read.
Phinney sounds like someone who knows where he wants to be, what he can do, and what he still has to learn.
Confident, but not arrogant; open, but not too humble. :cool
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 31, 2014, 10:03
Evans returns to roots to rediscover his mojo (http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/01/news/evans-returns-to-roots-to-rediscover-his-mojo_315164)

(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2014/01/Cadel-Evans-659x440.jpg)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 31, 2014, 15:21
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwCsDDUL6rQ

old interview but from the man himself
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 02, 2014, 07:41
So Samu in #bmc colours sure to pee a few off  :D

from the BMC presser seems he will ride the Giro in support of Evans and the Ardennes for Phil I wonder if he gets the Vuelta ?

contract length not stated
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on February 02, 2014, 09:55
BMC still lacked some GT firepower in my opinion, because I do not really believe in Van Garderen as a contender at this point in the American's career.

It seemed to me that, outside of Evans, BMC's GT riders were mostly stagehunters or superdoms. I don't say Sanchez is very different from that mould but he could offer something more solid at one or two of those stage races.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 02, 2014, 10:57
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bfdju6BCcAEuMyd.jpg)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on February 03, 2014, 07:58
(https://scontent-b-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1/1601142_648614575203283_41914492_n.jpg)

by RIDE
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 03, 2014, 09:23
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/samuel-sanchez-i-want-to-be-a-key-rider-at-bmc
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on February 03, 2014, 09:59
... and it's practically official that he'll go to Alonso next year:
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“Initially it’s a year-long contract, but the important thing is that I’m doing what I like”
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 03, 2014, 10:19
... and it's practically official that he'll go to Alonso next year:

yep which is good for all imo
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 05, 2014, 06:21
http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/van-avermaet-hopes-new-bmc-approach-will-deliver-breakthrough-classics-win_315921
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 05, 2014, 08:55
https://twitter.com/CafeRoubaix/status/430986450880839680
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 06, 2014, 08:52
"He's stepped up now," Sciandri pointed out.

"This is how we wanted him two or three years ago and how he and all his family and friends wanted him. It's taken him a while to adjust and change but that's okay. He's still a young guy and one year makes a big difference. He learns from his mistakes. He's been able to move forward, adjust and learn."

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sciandri-praises-phinney-after-time-trial-victory-in-the-dubai-tour (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sciandri-praises-phinney-after-time-trial-victory-in-the-dubai-tour)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on February 06, 2014, 14:05
Very interesting, especially the change of structure and appointment of Booby Julich as coach to both Phinney and van Garderen and them both relocating to Nice.

I wonder if van Garderen is about to reveal a Froome-esque leap in quality?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Capt_Cavman on February 06, 2014, 14:14
Very interesting, especially the change of structure and appointment of Booby Julich as coach to both Phinney and van Garderen and them both relocating to Nice.

I wonder if van Garderen is about to reveal a Froome-esque leap in quality?
bit harsh.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 07, 2014, 14:13
https://twitter.com/brianholm1962/status/431791951554547712
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on February 08, 2014, 15:47
Tina Levin has had a chat with "the wonderkid", Sebastian Lander.
And here's the third and final part:
Lander: Don't ever think you're complete as a cyclist (http://cyclingquotes.com/news/sebastian_lander_dont_ever_think_youre_complete_as_a_cyclist/)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 09, 2014, 07:35
https://twitter.com/GregVanAvermaet/status/432415589286416384
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 09, 2014, 08:44
Van Avermaet: I know I've got it in me to win a classic (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-avermaet-i-know-ive-got-it-in-me-to-win-a-classic)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 10, 2014, 07:39
The pie Samuel Evans (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=69182)

How nice is that ? GT does a job on a few places but Evans :cake

Samu saying the right things may even stay, doubt it but anyways
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 10, 2014, 08:01
BMC Racing building Tour team around Tejay van Garderen (http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/bmc-racing-building-tour-team-around-tejay-van-garderen_316587)

(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2013/08/vanGarderenVandeVeldeUSAPC1_813-185-659x440.jpg)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 10, 2014, 14:19
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gilbert-hails-change-of-management-at-bmc
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Jamsque on February 10, 2014, 15:54
(http://i.imgur.com/6uhxDKe.jpg)

AG doesn't like this man's style and I think she is wrong, wrong, wrong.

That is a CYCLING CAP and that is how you are supposed to wear it! Cyclists should never wear baseball caps.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 10, 2014, 16:58
(http://i.imgur.com/6uhxDKe.jpg)

AG doesn't like this man's style and I think she is wrong, wrong, wrong.

That is a CYCLING CAP and that is how you are supposed to wear it! Cyclists should never wear baseball caps.

and those glasses Good Enough for Skippy good enough for TP

(http://www.probikekit.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Ian-Anderson-mullet.png)

and with that I might have a new avatar
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Jamsque on February 10, 2014, 20:26
http://cyclocosm.com/taylor-phinney/

Cosmo Catalano knows what's up
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: 42x16ss on February 10, 2014, 22:26
(http://i.imgur.com/6uhxDKe.jpg)

AG doesn't like this man's style and I think she is wrong, wrong, wrong.

That is a CYCLING CAP and that is how you are supposed to wear it! Cyclists should never wear baseball caps.
His old man probably wants his Oakleys back though :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on February 10, 2014, 22:55
(http://i.imgur.com/6uhxDKe.jpg)

AG doesn't like this man's style and I think she is wrong, wrong, wrong.

That is a CYCLING CAP and that is how you are supposed to wear it! Cyclists should never wear baseball caps.
Sadly, I can only like this once. I guess I'll just have to find the last 10 posts by Jamsque and like them regardless of their content as a way to make up for that.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on February 11, 2014, 00:11
(http://i.imgur.com/6uhxDKe.jpg)

AG doesn't like this man's style and I think she is wrong, wrong, wrong.

That is a CYCLING CAP and that is how you are supposed to wear it! Cyclists should never wear baseball caps.

actually - as much as I dislike the cap (and you are wrong Jams ... that isnt style :fp)    at least it covers his hair which is worse  :hb

:D  :D  :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: 42x16ss on February 11, 2014, 03:24
How can you dislike that?

Looks like his folks are giving him fashion tips, so hopefully that stupid haircut goes next :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: August on February 11, 2014, 04:00
(http://www.memecreator.org/static/images/memes/2356840.jpg)

:D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on February 11, 2014, 09:35
Phinney tries too hard. He should win a few more races so that in years to come he won't have to regret looking silly in his pro days. :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 11, 2014, 13:14
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sanchez-to-begin-season-at-tour-du-haut-var (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sanchez-to-begin-season-at-tour-du-haut-var)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: DB-Coop on February 11, 2014, 14:05
(http://i.imgur.com/6uhxDKe.jpg)

AG doesn't like this man's style and I think she is wrong, wrong, wrong.

That is a CYCLING CAP and that is how you are supposed to wear it! Cyclists should never wear baseball caps.
Cyclist also shouldn't wear skiing glasses.
(http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j00eZFTJNCPMucg/Skiing-Glasses-SNOW-1900-.jpg)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 12, 2014, 13:39
Sanchez to assist Evans in Ardennes Classics and Giro d’Italia, wants stage victory in Italian Tour

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/16290/Sanchez-to-assist-Evans-in-Ardennes-Classics-and-Giro-dItalia-wants-stage-victory-in-Italian-Tour.aspx

Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 13, 2014, 07:40
I think I should admit something :fp

I am a Peiper Fanboy - the ds Peiper odd thing really

(http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/resize/file/2079_peiper-640--.jpeg/id/46658/w/640/h/360)

Under new management: Allan Peiper, on righting the BMC ship (Part 1) (http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/52944/Under-new-management:-Allan-Peiper,-on-righting-the-BMC-ship-(Part-1))
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on February 13, 2014, 07:50
It will be interesting to see how #bmc perform this season, that much is sure.
In other sports, like football, the coach/manager gets sacked if the team doesn't perform. So far, that hasn't extended to cycling, although a DS would obviously have a big influence on the team's tactics.

BMC's strategy until now has been to buy big riders, cross their fingers and hope for the best. Now they have a very good DS as well.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 13, 2014, 07:53
It will be interesting to see how #bmc perform this season, that much is sure.
In other sports, like football, the coach/manager gets sacked if the team doesn't perform. So far, that hasn't extended to cycling, although a DS would obviously have a big influence on the team's tactics.

BMC's strategy until now has been to buy big riders, cross their fingers and hope for the best. Now they have a very good DS as well.

Not true 100% re Evans they did very well at the Giro 2010 and tdf 2011 but yep
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Tuart on February 13, 2014, 09:11
I think I should admit something :fp

I am a Peiper Fanboy - the ds Peiper odd thing really

(http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/resize/file/2079_peiper-640--.jpeg/id/46658/w/640/h/360)

Under new management: Allan Peiper, on righting the BMC ship (Part 1) (http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/52944/Under-new-management:-Allan-Peiper,-on-righting-the-BMC-ship-(Part-1))
That picture! :D

When did Gonzo leave the muppets? :P

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Gonzo_3C_200x300px.jpg)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: August on February 13, 2014, 14:03
Thought this was funny. Fine Swiss watches, German Sports cars, and a classic Guiness stout; Phinney's got a style all his own.

http://www.supercompressor.com/gear/taylor-phinney-s-favorite-things-the-5-essentials-the-cyclist-can-t-live-without
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 14, 2014, 06:42
Ego control: Allan Peiper on the personalities of BMC (Part 2) (http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/52972/Ego-control:-Allan-Peiper-on-the-personalities-of-BMC-%28Part-2%29)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on February 14, 2014, 09:05
Wow - those two interviews with Peiper were magic.

What I learnt:

- BMC have totally changed and embraced the "Sky methodology" fully leaving behind the sickly Brailsford management speak

- It is pretty obvious that some riders will make the transition and others won't. Early season indicators seem to show Evans and Phinney have adapted. Gilbert has made the right noises without the races. But Thor seems to be in two minds. Who knows about Teejay?

- Teams are taking the overall lead in the WT much more seriously and this could develop into a really important ranking in future years.

What I am pondering:

- What is the role of Och in this new setup?

- When other old school teams will make the switch?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 14, 2014, 09:10
Jono mentioned on twitter read between the lines they do not think TJVG will do much this year.

1 thing I noticed GVA was not mentioned at all, which is sad as he held the spring together for BMC last year.

not really sure it is the sky approach seems more the HTC approach ;)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on February 14, 2014, 09:16
I actually think its a good way to go.  With so many leaders, they need to clearly define who gets what and what is expected of them in the races they are designated for.   If for example Phil doesnt step up for the Ardennes, then he will be in pretty deep doo-doo.  Not letting him say 'I want to be co-leader for RVV' as well is good sense when they have so many others who can do a lot there too.

Getting Cadel to accept the Giro and let go of the Tour was a pretty major win for Peiper.   And a good one.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on February 14, 2014, 09:24

1 thing I noticed GVA was not mentioned at all, which is sad as he held the spring together for BMC last year.


Bear in mind the audience was Aussies...

I suspect GVA will be the cobbles guy (with support from Phinney and Thor)

They all will have goals, even the late acquisition Sami Sanchez seemed pretty clear about his.

And the effort that Pinotti made with Atapuma says it probably extends to the back office as well.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: froome19 on February 14, 2014, 13:59
The most successful World Tour team, Movistar I think made that transition a while back. Dowsett spoke of how Movistar isn't as intense as Sky, but the professionalism in the team seems to be as good as any and they focus greatly on scientific advancement.

I wrote a while back about the shocking conduct of the BMC team, not that their team behave poorly, rather that they their training is all over the place and barely structured. So it is about time they get on the train.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Slow Rider on February 14, 2014, 14:30
Wow - those two interviews with Peiper were magic.

What I learnt:

- BMC have totally changed and embraced the "Sky methodology" fully leaving behind the sickly Brailsford management speak

- It is pretty obvious that some riders will make the transition and others won't. Early season indicators seem to show Evans and Phinney have adapted. Gilbert has made the right noises without the races. But Thor seems to be in two minds. Who knows about Teejay?

- Teams are taking the overall lead in the WT much more seriously and this could develop into a really important ranking in future years.

What I am pondering:

- What is the role of Och in this new setup?

- When other old school teams will make the switch?

Just wanted to say that I love these little 'what I learnt' overviews you often post after an interview. Really convenient to get the main points of the article/video without having to read/watch it :)

I am very interested to see what GVA will do this year. He has had a few very solid seasons, but not too many big wins. Can he still develop into a true contender for the monuments, or will he remain an outsider? I still think he might be better off at a team where he can lead at whatever one-day race he wants to target. Especially because he seems to have genuine talent for both cobbles and hills.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on February 15, 2014, 09:07
For me, possibly the most encouraging thing that he said here was this:

Quote from: Allan Peiper
Don’t make us wait till August to start to discuss whether you want to stay on because it won’t happen. Get the score on the board, show us you’re a value to the team early.

I was amazed in the last couple of seasons how BMC, with all its investment and roster quality, never seemed to start pulling results until the best part of the season was over. For several years, it really has been the Pedro Delgado of team performances, turning up late to the start house.

It will be exciting to see this team, for which I don't confess a lot of love myself, perform this Spring under the tutelage of a guy I always thought would make a great team boss even during his racing career.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 17, 2014, 18:44
https://twitter.com/CyclingUptodate/status/435482377062600704

This kid could be something
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: 42x16ss on February 18, 2014, 03:04
It will be exciting to see this team, for which I don't confess a lot of love myself, perform this Spring under the tutelage of a guy I always thought would make a great team boss even during his racing career.
Don't forget that Peiper had a strong input as a DS back in his HTC days and was behind the wheel for a lot of the squad's success. I'd love to see how he goes as a senior DS as he was supposedly very popular at HTC and as we all know, they had no trouble working for the team as a whole.

Other guys I'd love to see as a senior DS are Scott Sunderland (again), Stuart O'Grady and Phil Anderson, all of whom where first class road captains during their careers, especially Sunderland, who played a major part in a few of his team mates Classics wins such as Tschmil's P-R.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: August on February 18, 2014, 14:52
https://twitter.com/CyclingUptodate/status/435482377062600704

This kid could be something

Agree, I think he could do very well. Gotten some very good results that show his talent, but seems to be flying more under the radar compared to other young talents like say Ewan or the Yates for example. Which can translate into less pressure being put on him to get those big results right away. I think there's a good chance he could surprise this season, why I picked him on my CQ team.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 18, 2014, 14:57
Agree, I think he could do very well. Gotten some very good results that show his talent, but seems to be flying more under the radar compared to other young talents like say Ewan or the Yates for example. Which can translate into less pressure being put on him to get those big results right away. I think there's a good chance he could surprise this season, why I picked him on my CQ team.

next year or so I think he is on my emerging riders team
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 20, 2014, 07:56
Fan Fav ok well mine at least gets Pez´d

Greg Van Avermaet Gets PEZ’d! (http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/latest-news/?id=119928#.UwWwS_l5OZ-)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on February 20, 2014, 13:40
Fan Fav ok well mine at least gets Pez´d

Greg Van Avermaet Gets PEZ’d! (http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/latest-news/?id=119928#.UwWwS_l5OZ-)

and so does Stevo Cummings (pre and post Tour Med)

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/latest-news/?id=120044#.UwYC9PnlZ8F

- talks about differences between BMC & Sky and new scientific approach this year which suits him;
- him not really liking the track and using it as a stepping stone to the road
- the future season (basically he want to do the TdF)
- living in Italy being better than Liverpool  :omg
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 20, 2014, 13:43
and so does Stevo Cummings (pre and post Tour Med)

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/latest-news/?id=120044#.UwYC9PnlZ8F

- talks about differences between BMC & Sky and new scientific approach this year which suits him;
- him not really liking the track and using it as a stepping stone to the road
- the future season (basically he want to do the TdF)
- living in Italy being better than Liverpool  :omg

Cummings is part of team TJVG with Phinney, El Puma so should be ok re the TDF
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on February 20, 2014, 13:49
Cummings is part of team TJVG with Phinney, El Puma so should be ok re the TDF
I though that as well, but I guess it is not "politically correct" to say "I've got my TdF place nailed on as long as I am healthy"
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: froome19 on February 20, 2014, 15:39
Van Garderen joins the club:

Van Garderen relaxed before decisive Oman mountain stages
 (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-garderen-relaxed-before-decisive-oman-mountain-stages)

- Oman isn't as intense as European racing and possibly why high profile riders like to start their season with it, to gently acclimatise themselves to top tier cycling.

- It is a nice comparison against other high profile GC contenders, psychological boosts.

- Sad that even a well bankrolled team such as BMC have to focus so much on WT Points. Indeed Tejay will be missing out on defending his California title.  Primarily that seems to be part of BMC's, Peiper's new regime and it certainly seems like the logical decision. Peaking for California just doesn't make sense as it is too early and you would have to carry that peak all the way over to the end of July.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 21, 2014, 16:23
(http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/resize/file/2209_vangarderen-640-getty.jpg/id/46760/w/640/h/360)


“I want to be thought of as a leader that elevates the people around me. I’ve worked with a couple of riders who were maybe a little insecure in their leadership. If someone else was riding strong they’d actually want to push them down and make sure they kept their leadership spot,” van Garderen told Cycle Sport in November.

Cope that Cuddles ;)
http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/53000/BMC's-heir-apparent:-Tejay-van-Garderen

cycling cental continues the #bmc theme
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on February 22, 2014, 10:31
First picture of Samu on the BMC bus

https://twitter.com/cadelofficial/status/437169854370443266

Notice, the presence of a personalised little white bag  :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 26, 2014, 15:08
https://twitter.com/PezCycling/status/438673437931085824
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Zam on February 26, 2014, 15:30
Gets grilled about the magical year of 2011 would be nice...but won't happen. I will take this anyway.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on February 27, 2014, 01:47
actually that is quite a good interview

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/latest-news/?id=120511#.Uw6VYM5vCk8
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on February 27, 2014, 07:34
Echoes will surely like that interview :D

Quote
PEZ: Are you on the long list for the Tour?
Philippe: I hope not, I hope not. I’ll give my place to another.

PEZ: The second stage to Sheffield could be good for you?
Philippe: I can watch it on TV also.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: froome19 on February 27, 2014, 17:07
Good for him, the merry go round of the Tour isn't the place for him to be at the moment, with all the heaps of expectation and good to see he knows it as well. Hopefully this will be the start of a more idealistic Phil.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 27, 2014, 18:31
(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2014/02/SPTDW022-660x440.jpg)

Van Avermaet Q&A: In search of brilliance, and Flanders (http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/02/news/van-avermaet-qa-in-search-of-brilliance-and-flanders_318115)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Ram on February 28, 2014, 03:00
"In search of brilliance, and Flanders"

Good to see they separated brilliance and Flanders... Doesn't compute as a single entity
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on March 03, 2014, 10:37
GT - http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/?page=news&cod=65780&tp=n (http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/?page=news&cod=65780&tp=n)

(http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/showimg.php?cod=65780&resize=10&tp=n)

New year, old goal: Cadel Evans returns to the Giro del Trentino (22-25 April) the experience gained last season when he managed , on these roads , to get to the physical condition that allowed him to get on the podium of the Giro d ' Italy .

The 38th edition of the appointment organized by GS Alto Garda is enriched with another great protagonist of the pedal after the announcement of Richie Porte , Evans and fellow designated leader of Team Sky for the " Corsa Rosa".

Rose like the dreams of this 37 year-old Australian who in his career has been able to claim the title of World Champion in Mendrisio 2009 and success in the Tour de France 2011. " The Giro del Trentino is the ideal race to prepare for an event like the Tour of Italy ," he says. - " The edition of last year left me with a great memory , it is a well organized race , the streets are beautiful, the scenery is also fascinating. The track is very balanced , we find high mountain stages and the time trial , in short, everything that we seek runners for the Giro . "

After an encouraging start to the season that earned him a stage win and 2nd place in General Classification in the home race , the Tour Down Under , the standard bearer of the BMC looks to spring with cautious optimism , ready to discover the first cards when the game will be tough. "I'm fine in the beginning of this season I had excellent feel . I come from two seasons a little 'subdued , where I have not picked up as hoped, however, these initial results represent an injection of confidence . I hope to continue on this path , "he added .

Building upon the results captured in the Giro del Trentino last two years ( the victory in the opening team time trial Arco- Riva del Garda in 2012 - will be repeated with the same path this year - and the success of Condino weblog Ivan Santaromita in 2013 ) , the BMC Racing did not hesitate to come back for the fifth consecutive year on the roads who have launched a year ago Vincenzo Nibali to win his first Tour of Italy .

" Nibali last year he dominated the Tour of Italy after winning the Giro del Trentino , who comes out well from this race can aspire to be a player in the Corsa Rosa ," says Evans, who has also said - "As for men classification , as well as my fellow Doors will be at the start, as usual, many strong riders able to fight for the ultimate success . "
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on March 07, 2014, 12:32
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2014/01/09/1/20144243_212049_220.jpg)


Milan-San Remo remains a target for Gilbert (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/milan-san-remo-remains-a-target-for-gilbert)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on March 07, 2014, 13:10
Further to Keith and I talking team TJVG

here is the P-N team and I expect 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné and the TDF

Stephen Cummings (GBR), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Peter Stetina (USA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Peter Velits (SVK).
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: KeithJamesMc on March 07, 2014, 13:22
I'm expected Darwin Atapuma to be added ;)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on March 07, 2014, 13:23
I'm expected Darwin Atapuma to be added ;)

of course opps


with Moinard going to the Giro probably - he is an orginal Team Evans
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: froome19 on April 02, 2014, 16:56
Samuel Sánchez feels like a new pro at BMC
 (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/samuel-sanchez-feels-like-a-new-pro-at-bmc)

Quote
"Every day I'm more surprised," Sánchez, who signed with BMC in February, told Spanish sports daily MARCA. "It was a very drastic change [from Euskaltel-Euskadi, his team for 14 years since he turned pro in 2000]. I've gone from what was a family-like team, where it was all very good, to one of the biggest teams in the WorldTour with major resources."

"For example, we've got two bike riders per masseur and that means in half an hour you're almost all sorted out. That would have been inconceivable beforehand."

Although missing former teammates, he says he appreciates the change of mentality and focus in BMC. "They give you everything you need, but it's up to you to race and act like a professional."

"[Signing for BMC] has given me the same kind of motivation I felt as when I was a new pro.". However, he recognises that things at Euskaltel-Euskadi were not all bad, given, as he puts it, "I won a lot in a team with a lot fewer resources. In BMC, I've learned to value what I did [in Euskaltel]. Who knows what I would have achieved with this team if I'd signed for them 10 years earlier, at 26 instead of at 36."

I find this quite eye opening. Nothing surprising, but definitely one could relate to Samu here and understand his sense of less. Considering his career path I do believe he could have gone on to achieve much more on the right team and with the right coaches and riders.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on April 10, 2014, 10:59
So what do we think so far.

Pieper is God ofc, seems the team is getting there in 2014. Dim called them the new retirement shack I disagreed,  I think end of this year, might see a realreal future.

They have a ton of good kids, Zabel , Diller even Lander is riding well, TJVG has surprised me so far, GVA had a huge amount of support in the races he has targeted, from Burgy, MQ and Phinney.

looks good on that front, Thor will probably go, Samu as well. So Phil needs to step up.

Evans is last year of contract and who knows what next year will bring but he adds a level of top 10 which help with points and will next year as well.

they still lack a bit but smart signings again and kids getting stronger will be a young strong team. Not as strong as the budgetbthey spend but a strong team always there.

Good signs imo
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on April 10, 2014, 13:30
Phil REALLY needs to step up here.   He is a leader ... he needs to show that and start earning the mega-bucks he is being paid.

I agree I think Thor will be out after this year.  I also think Evans will retire ...

TJVG is still a year or two away I think, but they do have some good talent coming through - just a matter of managing it.  On that score, Peiper seems to be doing the job well.  The split up of the classics has been good.  With so many leaders, and boys who wont share the sandpit - he has taken the hard decisions and made them suck it up and deal with it.  Telling Phil no Flanders, Evans no Tour etc ... was very obviously the right moves.

Hope it comes off

and Go PHIL !!!!
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: froome19 on April 10, 2014, 16:21
Good signs, but nothing concrete just yet.

I don't see any race where I would fancy one of their riders as an out and out favourite. With the resources they have pooled in they should be top of the list, but it doesn't seem that way. However, there have been a lot of promising performance. Not it is time for one rider to step up, whether that is Samu or Evans for a final hurrah is a possibility.

But my bet would be on Tejay, he has had his share of rough times but he seems to have sorted himself out thoroughly and is riding as he should. (Lol, as I am writing this he rides a slightly tame 12th in al Pais Vasco, outshone by Samu).

They are a points scoring team who will score the points and do the business, but won't win any awards for results either. Make or break year definitely for Phil, he either steps up in this year's Ardennes or he forever will remain a kind of disappointment.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Slow Rider on April 10, 2014, 22:02
They're starting to feel a bit like Garmin. Decent team, riders that are mostly easy to like, relatively clean image, and a broad selection with no real superstars. Yet Garmin does that with probably around half the budget BMC has...
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on April 15, 2014, 08:45
No pressure ;)

Peiper says he is ready

http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/peiper_shoot_me_i_fit_does_not_work_for_gilbert/
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on April 15, 2014, 11:21
I have faith in him  :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on April 20, 2014, 06:25
There is a bit on Porte at then end 33% it is the right place for that as well ;)

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/greg-lemond-says-cadel-evans-still-has-the-legs-to-win-grand-tours-20140418-zqwcd.html
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on May 02, 2014, 19:24
http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/05/news/qa-breaking-down-bmc-with-performance-director-allan-peiper_326026
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on May 02, 2014, 19:34
Was thinking when Dim was saying perfect team for EBH under performing over paid perfect.

was wondering if 2011 until now what the stats would say.

performance wise wins , podiums, top 10 ,  level of wins etc what the stats would say,?

I assume OPQS would be 1st, bjt 2nd? Might be BMC recon they might be close, probably be Sky due to Wiggo and Froome but then Katusha, BMC, Movistar would be an interesting topic for a stats person and more detailed than CQ
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on May 20, 2014, 09:04
Phinney, on his classics critics: ‘I don’t have anything to be worried about’


http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/05/news/phinney-classics-critics-dont-anything-worried_328797

Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on May 22, 2014, 18:13
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BoHbiRIIMAEhMAV.jpg)

made from crushed biscuits

pretty cool
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on May 29, 2014, 15:03
https://twitter.com/ProCyclingStats/status/472014092681895936
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on June 02, 2014, 10:21
http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/06/australian-cycling-isnt-ready-for-cadel-evans-to-retire/
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on June 10, 2014, 20:07
Hushovd will not start tomorrow's stage of the Dauphine, nor will he be lined up for the Tour de France

http://cyclingquotes.com/news/disappointed_hushovd_abandons_the_dauphin/
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on June 10, 2014, 20:37
Had a small fracture in his hip

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-garderen-not-hitting-the-panic-button-ahead-of-tour-de-france
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on June 24, 2014, 14:35
Lots of tour related stuff, but interview with TJVG, http://rouleur.cc/journal/riders/victor-mature
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on July 06, 2014, 14:28
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/cadel-evans-absent-at-tour-de-france-but-grand-tour-days-still-open-20140706-zsxqh.html

so poland and vuelta for Evans l
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on August 01, 2014, 21:56
So they sign Dennis, 1st August

JV get some money I assume and BMC get another stage racer for years to come.

Och will definitely be on JV xmas card list now :lol
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on August 20, 2014, 18:54
http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/road/news/56283/colorado-champion-chats-about-tough-tour-and-cadel-evans
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on September 03, 2014, 07:28
Growing up Zabel, Racing like Rick (http://www.uscyclingreport.com/content/index.php/news-mainmenu-2/11511-growing-up-zabel-racing-like-rick)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on September 03, 2014, 07:46
Growing up Zabel, Racing like Rick (http://www.uscyclingreport.com/content/index.php/news-mainmenu-2/11511-growing-up-zabel-racing-like-rick)

Haven't seen much of him this year, come to think of it. Awful typography on that website makes it an unpleasant read. ;)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on September 03, 2014, 07:49
Haven't seen much of him this year, come to think of it. Awful typography on that website makes it an unpleasant read. ;)

been doing the hard graft in 1 week races

TDU , Dubia etc , should be a good spring board
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on September 11, 2014, 19:36
https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/510134271651364864
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on September 19, 2014, 12:50
The headline is misleading

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/van-garderen-q-and-a-i-can-be-up-there-with-froome-and-quintana

nice interview
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on September 20, 2014, 08:56
Norwegian TV2 talks Thor's last race, and a possible cooperation with #mtn:
Hushovd åpner for Boasson Hagen-samarbeid (http://www.tv2.no/a/6032825) (in *no)
(via Andreas Schulz & ammattipyöräily)

Main points:
- Could have helped #mtn with the preparations for the biggest races, especially on the tactical side[1]
- Did get offer to continue with #mtn until Paris-Roubaix
- Doesn't regret retirement
- Is tempted to help #mtn anyway
- Might shed a tear at his last race today
 1. *serious cough*
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on September 26, 2014, 07:30
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cycling/cadel-evans-victories-just-part-of-a-career-as-a-journey-20140926-10mfte.html
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on October 09, 2014, 05:12
http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/qa-bmcs-ochowicz-reflects-evans-looks-future_348844
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Leadbelly on October 18, 2014, 10:43
http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/phinney_to_target_yellow_jersey/

 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

However when you read the article you realize it's just a clickbait headline.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: froome19 on October 18, 2014, 21:39
http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/phinney_to_target_yellow_jersey/

 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

However when you read the article you realize it's just a clickbait headline.
He did an interview for ProCycling where he also mentioned he thinks it would be 'cool' to do the Hour record as part of his comeback. He needed this year, but he seems in good spirits. I just hope he doesn't focus too much on Roubaix as there is a lot that can go wrong there especially for a young rider looking to prove himself.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on October 21, 2014, 07:46
http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/qa-van-garderen-on-2014-his-best-season-ever_349921
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on October 29, 2014, 09:43
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/dennis-part-of-a-new-wave-of-time-trial-talents
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: ciranda on October 29, 2014, 20:51
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/dennis-part-of-a-new-wave-of-time-trial-talents


How great to learn that all new riders (except Tom Dumoulin) who are good at time trials are from English-speaking countries.

I mean it’s not like they are not always so anglocentric but no matter how you want to look at 'talent' Chernetskiy, Vorobyev, Küng, Oliveira, Malori are as/more promising as almost all names mentioned, not to mention Quaade who is like twice as good as Durbridge/Hepburn/Dowsett/Flakemore/the Australian who will win U23 WCTT next year.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on October 29, 2014, 22:18
Quaade who is like twice as good as Durbridge/Hepburn/Dowsett/Flakemore/the Australian who will win U23 WCTT next year.
That's up for debate, arguably: He profited from a course that played to his exact strengths in the 2013 Worlds: Flat and not at all technical, just putting down the power.

the Australian who will win U23 WCTT next year.
This made me laugh! :lol
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on October 31, 2014, 06:48
https://twitter.com/BMCProTeam/status/527968629485490176
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: DB-Coop on November 01, 2014, 21:08
That's up for debate, arguably: He profited from a course that played to his exact strengths in the 2013 Worlds: Flat and not at all technical, just putting down the power.

I'd say Quaade over Durbridge any day, much more upside. Durbridge might win a prologue or two, but in terms of winning worlds eventually, I think my bet would be the best chances are Quaade>Dowsett>Hepburn

Surely it is easier to improve technique than skills. Also the longer the better for Quaade.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on November 20, 2014, 10:57
As was mentioned in the Gilbert thread, BMC's Greg Van Avermaet won the Belgian Vélo de Cristal award for his 2014 season, succeeding last year's winner, crossman Sven Nys.

Said Van Avermaet:

"[Gilbert] raised the bar so high that people expect a lot from him but I'm someone who knows how hard it is to win races. I've been consistent, racing the whole year, in particular at the Tour, and these things probably favoured me.

I'm very happy because I really thought this trophy would go to Gilbert. I reckoned we'd share the prizes: the 'Flandrien' for me and the Vélo de Cristal for him because he won the Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race. So this award is a recognition of my attacking spirit and the consistency of my results. It motivates me to pull off something big in 2015. I'll do all I can to win a big classic. That's my objective."

http://www.lesoir.be/711915/article/sports/cyclisme/2014-11-19/velo-cristal-pour-van-avermaet (FR)
http://www.dhnet.be/sports/cyclisme/velo-de-cristal-van-avermaet-devance-philippe-gilbert-546cfffd3570d36fe862c1fc (FR)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joelsim on November 21, 2014, 20:34
Hardly fair to judge Flakemore yet is it????? Blimey.

On a completely different note, it's good that Evans is retiring shortly, my least favourite rider ever (one obvious person excepted).
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Leadbelly on November 25, 2014, 08:58
https://twitter.com/taylorphinney/status/537024795423309824

Maybe he will be back at 100% in time for the classics after all?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on November 25, 2014, 09:06
https://twitter.com/taylorphinney/status/537024795423309824

Maybe he will be back at 100% in time for the classics after all?

read that wonder if he will have the yips or it will have the opposite effect, in that flip it I was so lucky last time lets throw it against a wall and see what bounces back?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on December 01, 2014, 10:33
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/news-shorts-van-avermaet-gilbert-in-the-spring-classics

According to CN, Greg Van Avermaet told Sporza this yesterday:

Quote
Although the two have clashed in the past, Van Avermaet warned that things have change.

"I have become stronger and Philippe [Gilbert] has a very good track record. He is not as impressive now. I'm still ambitious and want to take my own chance in the Flemish races."

I read this and I thought, that doesn't sound like Van Avermaet. He doesn't do trash talk.

According to Sporza itself, what he said was this:

Quote
"When we both wanted to prove ourselves [at Lotto] it was hard, but since then I have become stronger and Philippe has got a really nice palmares. [So] he's a bit quieter now. But I'm still ambitious and I want to have my own chances in the Flemish races. If we figure it out beforehand, there probably won't be any problems. "
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on December 01, 2014, 10:45
Van Avermaet also had this to say about the team:

Quote
BMC has changed in the last two years

"I think that this year things have really improved. I rode the Flemish classics for the first time as outright leader and I got a lot of help. That made a big difference.

"I think that BMC has changed compared to two years ago, it's going in the right direction. Everyone believes in me and I get the support of the team. Bringing in Valerio Piva and Allan Peiper was really needed and in that respect there are stricter guidelines about how things are done."

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2165828 (NL)

GVA might be hinting at what some of us here suspected as the explanation for BMC's failure to get results pre-2014. No, not the lack of Dark Side ;), but rather a flocculation of big stars leading to a "game of thrones" situation in which the team lacked clear race strategy and the leaders rode for themselves.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: froome19 on December 01, 2014, 18:24
To be honest as discussed up thread, I think BMC's move from abject unprofessionalism to a semblance of regimentation was the primary contributing factor. The tales of the boys just going off for a ride round Monaco as athey wished truly horrified me and certainly didn't correlate with the likes of Movistar & Sky.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 11, 2014, 12:02
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjS9LXPIDlE
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Leadbelly on December 13, 2014, 09:19
http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/atapuma_looks_forward_to_leadership_opportunities_at_bmc/

Quote
"I think I will be the leader in Volta a Catalunya and Paris-Nice to reach a good level for the Tour."

Has Atapupu started the Christmas drinking a bit early, or does he really have a chance of leadership at those races?

Evans (after a couple of races), Sanchez and a couple of climbing doms are gone, but you'd think Caruso, Dennis and maybe even De Marchi would have slotted in ahead of him in the pecking order.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on December 13, 2014, 09:23
well, BMC has probably read that Lieuwe Westra will be Astana's leader for Paris Nice, and don't want to see their new young leaders destroyed by the beast that early in the season.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joelsim on December 13, 2014, 10:37
Ha, Atapuma is not going to be ahead of Caruso or Dennis. Not a chance.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on December 13, 2014, 11:02
well, apart form the 2013 Dauphiné so far Dennis has done nothing but finishing miles below expectations
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 13, 2014, 13:20
http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/atapuma_looks_forward_to_leadership_opportunities_at_bmc/

Has Atapupu started the Christmas drinking a bit early, or does he really have a chance of leadership at those races?

Evans (after a couple of races), Sanchez and a couple of climbing doms are gone, but you'd think Caruso, Dennis and maybe even De Marchi would have slotted in ahead of him in the pecking order.

I wonder if Dennis is riding the Giro

I kind of hope they sign Rolland tbh
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 19, 2014, 06:48
BMC looking to youth in 2015

BMC Racing will take on a newer more youthful complexion in 2015 after the departure of some of their more experienced riders. BMC’s sporting director Allan Peiper says that the hole left by those riders, specifically Cadel Evans, could take the team several seasons to fill.

(http://cdn0.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2014/11/26/2/20102725_122864_220.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-could-take-years-to-replace-says-peiper (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-could-take-years-to-replace-says-peiper)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 19, 2014, 06:56
https://twitter.com/VeloHuman/status/545597082787401728
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joelsim on December 19, 2014, 09:18
BMC looking to youth in 2015

BMC Racing will take on a newer more youthful complexion in 2015 after the departure of some of their more experienced riders. BMC’s sporting director Allan Peiper says that the hole left by those riders, specifically Cadel Evans, could take the team several seasons to fill.

(http://cdn0.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2014/11/26/2/20102725_122864_220.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-could-take-years-to-replace-says-peiper (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-could-take-years-to-replace-says-peiper)

I don't see this at all. Damiano Caruso is already at a higher level than Evans would have been this season had he carried on. Yes, Caruso isn't yet a podium contender in the GTs but he could get top 5 in the Giro. For the Tour they have Lady Garden, plus they have Dennis.

Their classics line-up is superb with great young riders such as Dillier (who I think will be a star), Teuns et al, to add to the strength of PG and GVA.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on December 19, 2014, 12:08
BMC looking to youth in 2015

BMC Racing will take on a newer more youthful complexion in 2015 after the departure of some of their more experienced riders. BMC’s sporting director Allan Peiper says that the hole left by those riders, specifically Cadel Evans, could take the team several seasons to fill.

(http://cdn0.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2014/11/26/2/20102725_122864_220.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-could-take-years-to-replace-says-peiper (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-could-take-years-to-replace-says-peiper)

Evans had been in decline for two seasons, that much was clear even to spectators. He still had capabilities but had ceased to look like a Tour winner. I was doing turbo the other day and watching Evans ride the 2013 Tirreno. Yes, I have the benefit of hindsight, but he was not even close to Contador, Nibali, Froome et al.

Ditto Hushovd, quite frankly.

At that point, as a team manager, you had to be thinking about it. Aside from tactics on a race-to-race basis, you had to be well aware that changes were due.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on December 19, 2014, 12:13
it will still take years though - not necessarily result wise, but there's no one in sight who even comes close to getting the same media attention and presence as Evans or Hushovd (nor to get the same status in the peloton)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on December 19, 2014, 13:22
wait - you mean TJVG isnt the next coming of the lord?    :S


Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 22, 2014, 07:29
https://twitter.com/cyclnik/status/546159108517142528

 :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Leadbelly on January 02, 2015, 08:53
https://twitter.com/BMCProTeam/status/550830254743633921
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Flo on January 02, 2015, 09:32
 :o :angry

Thankfully not too badly injured
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: froome19 on January 02, 2015, 14:18
Atapuma attacked during training ride (http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/01/news/atapuma-attacked-training-ride-suffers-knife-wounds_357090)

Quote
“It was a stressful event and I was lucky the police were able to get the two guys,” Atapuma told BMC’s chief medical officer Dr. Max Testa.

Testa said Atapuma, who won a stage at the 2013 Tour of Poland, has a protective cast on his arm and is limited to indoor riding for the next 10 days as his injuries heal.

“Darwin is in good spirits, but a little disappointed because the training was going well,” Testa said. “The day before he was attacked, he did a five-hour mountain bike ride.”

Good to see that the biggest concern was the disruption to his training.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 05, 2015, 08:29
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/flakemore-set-for-bmc-debut-this-week (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/flakemore-set-for-bmc-debut-this-week)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on January 07, 2015, 11:38
nice interview with Phil

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/interviews/pez-talk-philippe-gilbert-talks-2015/#.VK0Wjcmqnap
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 13, 2015, 11:59
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/cadel-evans-the-legacy-of-australias-greatest-rider
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 27, 2015, 07:55
http://www.podiumcafe.com/2015/1/27/7917841/farewell-cadel
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on January 27, 2015, 08:15
I find myself very much looking forward to Evans' retirement.

For his sake, really. He is such an awkward little man that, once free of the pressure and hardship of top-flight competition, we will get to see less of him and, perhaps paradoxically, more of the mature, articulate guy who began to emerge after 2011.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 28, 2015, 12:33
https://twitter.com/VeloVoices/status/560414576903061504
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joelsim on January 28, 2015, 12:41
I find myself very much looking forward to Evans' retirement.

we will get to see less of him

FTFY
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 29, 2015, 07:24
https://twitter.com/cycling_podcast/status/560698604298702848
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 30, 2015, 07:11
http://vimeo.com/118104062

cool on board from OSS
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 30, 2015, 17:44
Rick seems really humble hope it all works out - word is he can have a higher profile career than his old man  :o

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rick-zabel-aiming-high-in-2015
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 02, 2015, 08:34
http://www.ridemedia.com.au/ride-features/cadel-the-farewell/
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 05, 2015, 15:15
GVA talked to PEZ - http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/interviews/pez-talk-greg-van-avermaet/#.VNOGnZ2G_0k
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 16, 2015, 08:03
https://twitter.com/CyclingQuotes/status/567231488094392320
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 16, 2015, 14:15
https://twitter.com/BMCProTeam/status/567314882404818944
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joelsim on February 16, 2015, 14:42
https://twitter.com/BMCProTeam/status/567314882404818944

Cheers. Had been wondering how to pronounce Cadel Evans.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 24, 2015, 15:09
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com/2014/08/15/2/sptdw905_220.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/greg-van-avermaet-the-time-is-now (http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/greg-van-avermaet-the-time-is-now)

here´s hoping he wins a massive one this year and picks off a few good wins in other races
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: DB-Coop on February 24, 2015, 17:25
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com/2014/08/15/2/sptdw905_220.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/greg-van-avermaet-the-time-is-now (http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/greg-van-avermaet-the-time-is-now)

here´s hoping he wins a massive one this year and picks off a few good wins in other races

Imo he got worse over the later part of last season. He made some strange tactical choices, such as opening sprints super far out often. Maybe he was frustrated with being known for always finishing 2nd, but I think he rode better tactically early last season.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 24, 2015, 17:26
Imo he got worse over the later part of last season. He made some strange tactical choices, such as opening sprints super far out often. Maybe he was frustrated with being known for always finishing 2nd, but I think he rode better tactically early last season.

RvV was amazing tactically I agree he was better start of the year
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on March 02, 2015, 11:37
BMC kids at it again

https://twitter.com/BMCProTeam/status/572358191843033088
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on May 25, 2015, 12:28
https://twitter.com/dwuori/status/602795763744243713
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on May 25, 2015, 17:16
http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/us-en/experience/the-feedzone/commentary_a_first_step_toward_reducing_crashes/ (http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/us-en/experience/the-feedzone/commentary_a_first_step_toward_reducing_crashes/)

Och suggesting a first step towards reducing crashes ... to reduce the size of the peloton.
Fair enough, only he wants it to be done by handing out fewer wildcards.


Yeah, let's get a closed shop of racing that's completely out of touch (literally) with the rest of the cycling world. That'll work. :slow
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on May 26, 2015, 18:43
Och ...

... completely out of touch (literally) with the rest of the cycling world.

Snipped. :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on May 26, 2015, 20:21
I absolutely love that headline  :D

https://twitter.com/velonews/status/603263033041891329
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on May 27, 2015, 01:49
Lol - gotta love that  :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: ansimi on May 27, 2015, 08:06
http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/us-en/experience/the-feedzone/commentary_a_first_step_toward_reducing_crashes/ (http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/us-en/experience/the-feedzone/commentary_a_first_step_toward_reducing_crashes/)

Och suggesting a first step towards reducing crashes ... to reduce the size of the peloton.
Fair enough, only he wants it to be done by handing out fewer wildcards.


Yeah, let's get a closed shop of racing that's completely out of touch (literally) with the rest of the cycling world. That'll work. :slow

It reminds me of the people who think they can solve all the problems in their neighbourhood if they could just keep the poor people out.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on June 16, 2015, 11:29
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn6hyyxfxQU

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/06/phinney-flying-a-plane-for-me-is-a-huge-rush/
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on June 16, 2015, 13:31
https://twitter.com/DHCyclisme/status/610786352339267584

due to an injured ankle from the crash in the Fleche Wallonne, Gilbert will not ride the Tour  :S
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on June 16, 2015, 13:48
https://twitter.com/nealrogers/status/610790964064444417
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on June 16, 2015, 14:05
right

he is good enough to win 2 stages at the Giro ... and ride the Tour de Suisse currently - but cant manage to start the Tour as he is injured   :S :S :S
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on June 16, 2015, 14:40
apparently he only feels the pain off the bike - but I guess it's still the right decision to take a break then and try to recover

Quote
(gt)

The Liegeois dropped Tuesday to Tour of Switzerland, because of pain in the right leg, which follows from his fall at the Fleche Wallonne. "An MRI showed a micro fracture in the head of the tibia," confirms his BMC team doctor Max Testa. "It's not a pesky fracture in his career. Philippe did not complain elsewhere on the bike. But he suffered when he had to go up or down stairs. He also complained of discomfort in the knee. So we decided to look more seriously there. "

This is the official end of a long series: Gilbert will not go to the Tour de France. "We want to align our top riders alongside Tejay Van Garderen and Phil is not on top," says Jim Ochowicz, the general manager of BMC training. For the former world champion, it's a disappointment. "I was obviously motivated for the Tour de France because it happens in Belgium, including the arrival at the Mur de Huy," he explains. "But the Tour is held annually. It's not as if I missed the Olympics. I could still go to the Tour despite my problem, but I would not be at 100% and above, this would be the risk of finishing the completely emptied. But I still have goals this season, as the World Championship or the Tour of Lombardy. "

He does not want to mortgage. Selecting BMC for the Tour de France will fall after the Tour of Switzerland.

http://www.dhnet.be/sports/cyclisme/pas-de-tour-de-france-pour-philippe-gilbert-5580165535709bdfaa7b8dc9#.VYAcZssUVv8.twitter
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joelsim on June 16, 2015, 15:13
Basically they are going all out for TJ after the Dauphine. GvA is also due to have a new baby arriving so it will be interesting to see if he goes too.

I hope Caruso doesn't go, I'd rather he went to Austria and did well there than go to France and be a mountain domestique.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on June 16, 2015, 15:48
Basically they are going all out for TJ after the Dauphine.

who is that supposed to be though? They don't have any climbers but Samu, apart from the guys who already did the Giro. Alessandro de Marchi seems to have disappeared somewhere
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on June 16, 2015, 17:40
who is that supposed to be though? They don't have any climbers but Samu, apart from the guys who already did the Giro. Alessandro de Marchi seems to have disappeared somewhere

My guess Dennis , Hermans , Samu would be the BMC type climbers 1

GVA , Burghy , Quinn and Big Micky as engines get through the 1st 9 days

TJVG and then from the Giro Moinard

------------------------------------------------------------------------

1 ie a BMC climber is a rider who can climb but in any other team would be a Rouleur
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on June 17, 2015, 00:53
while I think the 'injury' rubbish is just an excuse ... I can see some reasons why they would not take Phil.

reason why its just an excuse - a 95% fit Phil is way better than a 100% fit Hermans or Moinard


reason why not take him - they are looking for support for TJ and the odd rider to go in a break, and Phil doesnt exactly have a history of playing well with others.   He can disrupt the team, especially when they are riding for someone else.


overall I dont agree with it. I think he is their best chance of a stage win, and TJ has no chance of a podium - will be fighting for a top 10 place basically.    But they have worked pretty hard over the last 2 or 3 years to find a team balance ... and he has to either fit in with that, or go somewhere else
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: M Gee on June 17, 2015, 04:50
while I think the 'injury' rubbish is just an excuse ... I can see some reasons why they would not take Phil.

reason why its just an excuse - a 95% fit Phil is way better than a 100% fit Hermans or Moinard


reason why not take him - they are looking for support for TJ and the odd rider to go in a break, and Phil doesnt exactly have a history of playing well with others.   He can disrupt the team, especially when they are riding for someone else.


overall I dont agree with it. I think he is their best chance of a stage win, and TJ has no chance of a podium - will be fighting for a top 10 place basically.    But they have worked pretty hard over the last 2 or 3 years to find a team balance ... and he has to either fit in with that, or go somewhere else

Concur. I will add that imo, Och seems a mini-tyrant of a manager. And not an Attila, nor a Genghis, but more like a Mussolini, or a Bush.  I do not care for him. Also, TJ, imo, has less chance of winning a GT than Ryder. Good rider, shure. just short of GT top five.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on June 17, 2015, 06:35
I have to disagree with all of you.
TJ is a very, very solid, reliable and consistent rider ... for a totally anonymous placing between 5th and 10th overall. :P
Never worse, but never better.


I don't even remember which place he got last year (nor do I care). But I do remember Gallopin's stage wins & #yellow. Going all-in for a GC leader is something you can do if he has a shot at the podium at least, preferably the win. If he's a top-10 rider, give him 2-3 domestiques and bring along a good sprinter and/or a couple of stage hunters.
#bmc BMC supporting TJ like they do is nice, for him, but ultimately not the best way to use the available resources. Of course, that is something BMC have a lot of experience in ... :D
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on June 17, 2015, 07:04
while I think the 'injury' rubbish is just an excuse ... I can see some reasons why they would not take Phil.

reason why its just an excuse - a 95% fit Phil is way better than a 100% fit Hermans or Moinard


reason why not take him - they are looking for support for TJ and the odd rider to go in a break, and Phil doesnt exactly have a history of playing well with others.   He can disrupt the team, especially when they are riding for someone else.


overall I dont agree with it. I think he is their best chance of a stage win, and TJ has no chance of a podium - will be fighting for a top 10 place basically.    But they have worked pretty hard over the last 2 or 3 years to find a team balance ... and he has to either fit in with that, or go somewhere else

plus it gives Phil a much better shot at worlds
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on June 17, 2015, 08:41
I have to disagree with all of you.
TJ is a very, very solid, reliable and consistent rider ... for a totally anonymous placing between 5th and 10th overall. :P
Never worse, but never better.


I don't even remember which place he got last year (nor do I care). But I do remember Gallopin's stage wins & #yellow. Going all-in for a GC leader is something you can do if he has a shot at the podium at least, preferably the win. If he's a top-10 rider, give him 2-3 domestiques and bring along a good sprinter and/or a couple of stage hunters.
#bmc BMC supporting TJ like they do is nice, for him, but ultimately not the best way to use the available resources. Of course, that is something BMC have a lot of experience in ... :D

we are pretty much all in agreemeent with this then Lukas  :P


Dont get me wrong - TJ may well develop into a top class GT rider (eg Nibbles) ... but he isnt there yet.  and wont be this Tour. 

They should definitely take Phil

Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on June 17, 2015, 09:21
Van Garderen is as much the product of anglophone hype, popular with the US market, as a likely winner of anything over a week long. He would do well to stoke that popularity whenever his contract is up for negotiation because he does not look like hitting a GT podium any time soon, although certainly in years to come when a few guys wane and retire.

Whether he can win one depends on whether Quintana, Aru, etc utterly eclipse him as the years go by but it is hard to say how much more he can improve. For now though, he is boxed in by Froome and Contador. TT is probably his strongest suit against those younger guys but the BMC brand ties him to the Tour when he might be able to win a fairly depopulated Vuelta.

But back to Gilbert. One has to hope the injury really is the cause of his being dropped from the Tour - he wasn't allowed to continue in Suisse yesterday - but the guy finished a Giro and won two stages, so the risk of PR BS is very high on this one, especially because in theory he also now stands to miss a Belgian Nats that would suit him quite well.

BMC's probable Tour team will now look a little more like a publicity demographic than an outfit likely to win stuff. Could they not have let him ride through the first ten days or so and then pull him out in the mountains? Is the team really so desperate for climbing doms?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joelsim on June 17, 2015, 23:05
Setting the scene early. No GVA I reckon.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/peiper-unsure-of-van-avermaets-tour-de-france-selection

Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on June 22, 2015, 09:15
https://twitter.com/CyclingiQ/status/612745490245914625
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on August 03, 2015, 01:22
statement from BMC re the GVA moto crash at San Sebastian

http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/us-en/experience/the-feedzone/statement_san_sebastian_motorbike_crash/

Quote
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz has issued a statement following Saturday's crash by a "radio tour" motorbike that took down Greg Van Avermaet while he was leading Clasica San Sebastian.

"Greg was robbed and the BMC Racing Team was robbed when this happened. I am appalled that this could occur in a WorldTour race.

"This is the second time this year we have had an incident with a local organizer of a WorldTour race where they have acted in a scandalous fashion. The UCI has been nowhere in this to resolve the problem. This comes back to safety issues in races where the local organizer of WorldTour events and the UCI are negligent in providing a safe racing environment.

"This was not a sporting incident. This was caused by pure negligence, which cost the team millions of dollars in lost publicity. Therefore, we plan to explore every legal option available to us."

https://youtu.be/EKWDjzRf_G4
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on August 03, 2015, 09:24
'Millions of dollars in lost publicity'?

Come on, Och. Don't be holier than thou.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on August 03, 2015, 10:58
yeah I have to admit I had more than a quiet chuckle when I read about the "millions of dollars of lost advertising"   :fp
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on August 24, 2015, 12:37
There was a stat on twitter @cafeRoubiax I think

9 wins in 9 days plus a few more podiums, quiet the end of season


Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on August 24, 2015, 12:43
There was a stat on twitter @cafeRoubiax I think

9 wins in 9 days plus a few more podiums, quiet the end of season

Yeah, I'll pay attention when they win a few more races that actually matter... ;)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: DJW on December 17, 2015, 16:03
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/dennis-bmc-want-me-to-win-tour-down-under-but-rio-is-my-main-goal-204453
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 18, 2016, 10:11
https://twitter.com/cyclingtips/status/700260031648759808
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 18, 2016, 10:12
interesting headline I might have gone with less winning the tour but racing for the win type of thing
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 18, 2016, 22:02
http://cyclingtips.com/2016/02/why-taylor-phinneys-ongoing-recovery-from-injury-could-make-him-a-better-rider-than-before/
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on March 01, 2016, 14:21
(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2016/02/PhinneyCanyonland.KSB_-661x440.jpg)

Taylor Phinney: “I’m stronger than I was before”
 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/03/news/396983_396983)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on March 01, 2016, 15:22
(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2016/02/PhinneyCanyonland.KSB_-661x440.jpg)

Taylor Phinney: “I’m stronger than I was before”
 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/03/news/396983_396983)

The Phinney mythmaking machine rumbles on. Perhaps it's just me but these frequent and lavish interviews seem a bit much. Now he's fit again, it's time to justify all that media hype by getting some results.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 01, 2016, 15:41
The Phinney mythmaking machine rumbles on. Perhaps it's just me but these frequent and lavish interviews seem a bit much.
Good lord. I haven't read Velonews in so long, and that article is exactly why. Myopic as always, U.S.-centric to a fault. Nothing seems to have changed in their approach.

I couldn't get through all of it though. Maybe I'll revisit it later. But the fawning over LeMond while taking digs at both Lance and George—all in the same breath? Jeez, where was this bold and brave publication 10 years ago?

Oh, that's right. They were doing exactly the same thing, but with the names reversed.  :cool
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on March 01, 2016, 16:18
The Phinney mythmaking machine rumbles on.
You'll all be quiet when Taylor has lifted a cobblestone in 5-6 weeks' time. ;)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on March 01, 2016, 16:20
You'll all be quiet when Taylor has lifted a cobblestone in 5-6 weeks' time. ;)

Maybe in 2 or 3 years time that much damage will take years to come back from
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on March 01, 2016, 16:29
Maybe in 2 or 3 years time that much damage will take years to come back from
You're probably right.
We can be happy he's alive and well and back on the bike. What he can achieve on the bike, time will tell.
Title: BMC news
Post by: t-72 on March 01, 2016, 21:29
He was already pretty good in the US pro challenge last year. I am not saying that was a race at top level (except in terms of altitude :) ) but he was already winning stages at 2.HC six months ago and that's got to count for something. I think he can be a serious contender sooner rather than later.


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Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on March 15, 2016, 15:58
Philippe Gilbert will not start Milan-Sanremo or the Ronde.

In the former case, he is still not recovered from his PN DNF and in the latter, it's a team decision.

He feels OK himself but tests suggest otherwise.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2601798 (NL)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on March 16, 2016, 00:26
 :TT :TT :TT :TT :TT :TT :TT :TT :TT
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on April 13, 2016, 07:42
Gilbert: on the road a cyclist is totally defenceless

Edited for brevity

"We have followed the procedure," explains the Belgian champion (sic). "Until we'd talked to the police, we couldn't discuss this despite the various versions of events which have appeared in the press. Our version is this:

"Three of us were riding on the road between Spa and Theux, the third being a tourist who had joined us as often happens. This guy was on our wheel, so we were still two abreast rather than three. A car tore past us very close on a risky section of road and we reacted by shouting and with hand gestures."

Loïc Vliegen continues: "the vehicle slowed down to wait for us. The window was open on the left side. I let the driver know I was disgusted. The man swerved the car into me and hit me but I was able to hold onto the car to stay upright. The driver grabbed by arm by the sleeve of my jacket. The car then accelerated dragging me over to the centre line of the road where we barely avoided a frontal collision. The car coming from the opposite direction luckily managed to stop. I was scared for my life because I couldn't move. Now I was able to wrest my arm free, which wasn't easy on the bike."

Gilbert: "the vehicle drove off as in a hit-and-run situation. We saw it again by chance in the centre of Theux where there was a lot of traffic. We demanded an explanation from the driver who swore at us, called us all sorts of names and tried to play down the incident. A fight ensued which had heavy consequences for me because my finger broke in three places. We've got several witnesses including another driver who saw everything.

"I left Belgium eight years ago. [Pepper spray] is freely available to buy in France. I carry it because I've already been attacked several times while training. A cyclist is totally defenceless against anyone. I've already been involved in some violent episodes. It happens."

Earlier today, the public prosecutor in Verviers confirmed that a complaint had been submitted by the driver concerning the use of a pepper spray in the events of this case.

http://www.lesoir.be/1179319/article/sports/cyclisme/2016-04-12/gilbert-sur-route-un-cycliste-est-sans-defense-face-autrui (FR)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on April 13, 2016, 08:09
While acknowledging that he hadn't seen what happened earlier Henri Bredo, a resident of Theux who was moving house at the time, told La Meuse what he saw of the fight in the town centre:

"I saw these cyclists in an extremely worked up state, banging on a car, then opening the door and trying to pull the driver out of it. Fists were flying in all directions."

The passenger of the car, who was the driver's brother, got out of the car and the fight exploded. [A deliberately convoluted French sentence follows describing punches to the face without saying who was throwing them but the allusion is to Gilbert because he missed a few and hit the car, which probably explains the broken finger - L'arri]. Then Philippe Gilbert pulled out a canister to spray the two men.

"At that point, I didn't know he was Gilbert. I just saw the BMC jerseys," says the witness. "When I found out later, I couldn't believe it. Then Gilbert's brother, who was in the newspaper, said he often carried this aerosol thing with him when out training."

[Bredo] intervened to stop the fight. "I told them: stop all this now, it's over the top. Then they pushed me. At that moment, a bar owner came out to calm things down." This person also got pepper sprayed but he does not intend to lodge a complaint with the authorities.

"To me the reaction of the cyclists was a bit exaggerated, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm a fan of Gilbert," claims Bredo, "When I saw these two riders going for the driver, I don't know what happened before that. I reckon there was certainly something, some spark, for Philippe Gilbert to go off like that."

Afterwards the cyclists left. The driver of the vehicle was on the ground, his eyes full of spray, witnesses told us. He went to the police. "The police came to take our statements," confirmed an employee of the bar.

http://www.lameuse.be/1545972/article/2016-04-10/henri-bredo-a-ete-temoin-de-la-bagarre-entre-automobilistes-et-cyclistes-impliqu (FR)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Echoes on September 12, 2016, 20:39
Interview of Golden Greg for the Morgen on September 9 (before the two French-Canadian races)

(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/298240VANAVERMAETMORGEN20160909.png)


Praised and celebrated, Van Avermaet still wants nothing but racing

I can also win Liege

Greg tried his best to keep his condition and train well despite all the agitation around him after his Olympic success: he’s far more often requested for interviews, even by the foreign press, the people in his hometown Hamme-Zogge get crazy. Wait & see if it worked [meanwhile we’ve seen that]. It’ll be a tough winter. He was already accustomed to all kinds of obligations but there’s gonna be more of them by now.

Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are very important to him. He also wants to be World Champion. He feels like he’s got it in him. This year he does not say it’s his big objective, he’s gonna be marked and the route does not suit him.

This season, he no longer needs any win but any win is a good bonus. It’s much easier to recover from a win than from a crash at the Tour of Flanders. I’ve always had good results in Canada.

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I got more economical but winning a race like a robber, I cannot.

The Tour of the Low Countries is nothing. There’s only one nice stage, to Geraardsbergen. He finds it disappointing that there are no Ardennes stages.

His main victories are all on hard routes and he also contemplates trying to win Liege. He was 7th in 2011 and that was not the same Van Avermaet that he is not sitting in front of you. He thinks he has his chances to win Liege but it’s still not on his agenda. First he wants to win the Tour of Flanders.

He still tries to race in the same way despite being more economical. In Rio, he was always in front. It’s still his way to win. He cannot win like a stealer. He likes racing hard races better. Then he can make the difference.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Echoes on September 13, 2016, 18:49
Today Gazet van Antwerpen made an article about the rivalry between Van Avermaet and Sagan.

(I deliberately cropped the pictures with the Slovak’s wheelies, we don’t need such foolishness and lowliness)

(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/372508VANAVERMAETGvA201609132.png)(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/617174VANAVERMAETGvA201609133.png)

Two top riders, two bosses and yet striking differences.
“Sagan is a real personality. A blabbermouth speaking lots of languages. […] While Greg … yeah, Greg is Greg. A personality in his own way. But also a Fleming? He is naturally quieter. Will much less faster open his mouth.” Says Wilfried Peeters.

They all agree that it’s been long since a duo has been so dominant in single-day races as Sagan-Van Avermaet this year. With the two World Cup events [sic] in Canada as an absolute peak.

“Today you simply cannot say who’s the best with the slight nuance that Sagan has more speed on a flat finish while Van Avermaet is better on the tougher routes – the Sagan heavier body is impairing his performances there, but only by a couple of percents.” Says Frederik Willems.

“They are absolutely two different personalities. Sagan is the star. The man with whom you can always laugh [???]. Besides, he’s somebody who stood there very young. He’s a natural-born winner. While Greg who is already naturally much more humble has needed a lot more years and work to be where he is now. Be careful: there’s nothing wrong with it. On the contrary, it’s estimated at its true value. But that’s really him. Everybody likes Sagan, everybody appreciates Van Avermaet. Do you feel the difference?” says Dirk Demol.

“Sagan is the acrobat with aura. Van Avermaet is a hard worker who keeps quiet in all circumstances.” Peeters again.

Sagan has never had to overcome doubts. He turned pro and immediately became a leader and a winner. He’s always had that prestige. With Greg, it’s different. Let’s be honest: for him, it’s long been a story of “just not”. He had to overcome doubts. Even within his own team. Only when Gilbert was kept from the Tour of Flanders against his will, he got full trust from BMC. The audience and the peloton also feel that. It defines your prestige” Willems again.

Jan Bakelants realized during the last Tour of France that Sagan was more than [sic] the playful kid he’s sometimes referred to. He gave the example of riders weeing on the bike, whereby urine lands on riders behind them [lol]. “Sagan saw that and wiped out their mantle” [still a kid’s attitude if you ask me, lol]

“Greg will never seek public attention. Sagan on the other hand.” Willems again.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Echoes on September 14, 2016, 21:41
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/750027VANAVERMAETHLN20160913.png)

Van Avermaet, Sagan’s “bête noire” [“bogeyman”?, I don’t know how to exactly translate that]

Het Laatste Nieuws made last Monday an article about the four wins by Van Avermaet against Sagan this year (so far): Omloop, Tirreno Stage 6, Tirreno GC (in my opinion, I have to concede that it was mainly due to time bonuses and the TTT but well) and Montreal. To which they added two wins last year: a Tirreno and a Tour of France stage. They however conceded that Sagan outsprinted Van Avermaet 4 times as well: in California, twice at the Tour of France and in Quebec.

They noted that though many sprinters outsprinted Sagan in bunch sprints because Sagan is no pure sprinter, only Van Avermaet has regularly outsprinted him on hilly terrain. Kwiatkowski did it in the E3 and Matthews did at the Tour of France but that’s it (I think they forgot Cancellara at the Strade Bianche).

However they still claim that Sagan is a superman and Van Avermaet a damn good rider because if the finish is flat or Sagan has a top day, then he wins (really?). Greg admits that in a mano a mano, Sagan would win more often than he does.

Greg does not appreciate being set up against him in a direct dual. He says it’s a challenge for the whole peloton to beat him, not just for him.

Sagan rarely talks about his opponents and he does not always digest his losses to Van Avermaet easily. For example the British press reported that Sagan did not appreciate the Van Avermaet win in Tirreno, hence he did not shake hand on the podium but Greg claimed that he got congratulations. Then when Greg was Olympic champion, Sagan claimed that Nibali was the strongest [I’ve read other articles about that. In an interview it really seemed to disgust him from cycling because it’s the evidence that the strongest rarely wins, according to him] and Greg replied that he was not really wrong, Nibali was the strongest but crashes belong in races [I would add that it was Nibali’s own mistake, perhaps Henao can consider himself unlucky].
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on September 16, 2016, 19:38
https://twitter.com/nealrogers/status/776810229019258881
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Joelsim on September 16, 2016, 22:15
https://twitter.com/nealrogers/status/776810229019258881

Without reading it, does it say that Tejay bored himself?
Title: BMC news
Post by: t-72 on September 17, 2016, 09:11
It's worth reading the piece that Rogers wrote. At least if you think a good report on failure is equally interesting or better than the glossed-over success stories that come from some team's PR machines.
However, there is another perspective here - BMC obviously expects TJ to live and train in Europe for very long time periods, away from his family. They seem to believe that if you don't live in one if the same three towns as the rest of the peloton, you are not dedicated enough. I thought they would know better by now, they sent away riders for that type of lack of dedication before, and one of those has collected two monument wins since leaving BMC.
At #katusha Katusha, Aleksander Kristoff has been granted the freedom to live and train where he thinks it is best for him, and he spends a lot of time at home in Stavanger, combining the roles of world-class athlete and a father. It makes you wonder about BMC, how could they think that someone putting in long days on the roads around Stavanger in winter is *not dedicated*? Just a faint glimpse at weather statistics should indicate quite the opposite.
Now it seems they are giving TJ much the same treatment - what if they let him live in Aspen with his family most of the year, race Tour of California as TdF preparation as he used to in his breakthrough years, and just generally let him do the things that has been proven to work well for him?
It seems to me that TJ's story is just another case of BMC being to eager to take 24 h control on what their riders do and change the way they work and live their lives - when they were already quite good at it and not much change was needed. Both BMC and TJ should learn from this but if I was TJ, Iwould look very closely on how Kristoff achieved his success once out of BMC....and by the way, #katusha could use a solid reinforcement in the GC department. :)


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Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on September 17, 2016, 10:57
They seem to believe that if you don't live in one if the same three towns as the rest of the peloton, you are not dedicated enough. I thought they would know better by now, they sent away riders for that type of lack of dedication before, and one of those has collected two monument wins since leaving BMC.
Very much this.
I have a hard time believing that van Garderen would suddenly turn into a GT winner if he left BMC, but it's clear that they don't get the best out of him.

One difference between Stavanger and Aspen is the time zone, though.
From Stavanger, you have max. 3 hours of flight to anywhere in Europe, and no (or next to no) time difference.
From Colorado, it's a transatlantic flight to Europe and many hours of jetlag.

But that's no reason not to try to make it work. It feels as if many teams yes, I'm looking at #sky in particular, but apparently also #bmc - have one and only one way of doing things, and try to fit their riders into that plan, instead of making plans that fit the riders.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on September 22, 2016, 09:44
https://twitter.com/ridemediaHQ/status/778855134130343940
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Echoes on October 07, 2016, 16:09
(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/707652VANAVERMAETBELANG20161006.png)

(Belang van Limburg, yesterday)

Van Avermaet, Exhausted to the Desert

That still can, it seems. And that's due to his heavy half season, race mentality, post Olympic celebrations and an uncontrollable training lust. Even the Olympic champion is just a man.

Before the Tour of Lombardy Greg van Avermaet said he would finish it but he didn't.

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I raced the whole day wholeheartedly but when you drop and there are 50 riders ahead of you than you know it all.

Van Avermaet's amount of race days is not incredibly high: 77. In 2014 he stopped at 90 and was also 5th at the Worlds but the distribution of those race days makes it heavy.

On 15 May he came back to racing after his collarbone break at the Tour of Flanders. Thereafter he clocked 60 race days in 142 [!!!!] Almost one in two. And that in a span of time in which rest and training are almost as important is as racing.

Jose De Cauwer argues:

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Greg doesn't think that way. For him it's not like: more training less races but more training more races. He simply cannot swallow the idea of watching the race on TV at home.

Valerio Piva:
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Greg cannot either race without going full gas. He cannot let aside a chance to win a prize

Another reason is the Olympic Gold in Rio.

De Cauwer:

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Now for Greg a race last for two hours longer than between start and finish. All those podiums, autographs ... It will contribute to make him think about his agenda better and to be better 'coachable'. Besides, Qatar should not be his Worlds either

Jeeez, I hope that Greg does not change anthing at his approach to cycling. It's great to see him fight for every race.  :cool
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on November 01, 2016, 08:29
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9DLkzRXgQ
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on December 13, 2016, 08:28
https://cyclingtips.com/2016/12/portes-road-to-the-2017-tour-its-probably-the-most-important-year-of-my-career/

http://www.velonews.com/2016/12/news/tejay-van-garderen-racing-giro_426243

https://twitter.com/dnlbenson/status/808432859656683524

Team presentation was yesterday

Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on January 26, 2017, 12:46
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ochowicz-paris-nice-will-give-a-clearer-indication-of-portes-form/
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on February 09, 2017, 09:36
https://twitter.com/Velorooms/status/829349237997572096
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Echoes on March 04, 2017, 08:57
Interesting article about Golden Greg in Sport Foot Magazine on Wednesday 22 February. That was before the Omloop. I have even more respect and admiration after reading the article than before. During the live coverage of the race, Michel Wuyts of Sporza referred to it. What interested him is Max Testa saying that Greg can no attack when he is at 90% of his ability and not just at 98 or 99%.

I only have the French version. Sorry for the Dutchies here.  ;)

Also it's mainly an interview with Max Testa, translated into French (also been into Dutch). So I've just translated back but my English vocabulary is not quite as rich as Mr Testa's is, in particular with regards to scientific terms, so it might seem odd if you think Testa used those words. Obviously he did not, so just keep in mind that it's just a back translation by myself. Hopefully I haven't betrayed his thoughts and it all makes sense.  ;)

I've also left out an article about "the Omloop curse" which implies it's statistically impossible to win Omloop or Kuurne and other classics. It's just statistics and superstition, so not interesting I think.

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Max Testa

“The Worst Punishment for Greg? No Training for Two Days!”

Half an hour after the sprint that would propel Greg Van Avermaet to everlasting glory in Rio Max Testa posted a picture on his Facebook page:
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2016 Olympic Gold Medalist on the right, proud coach on the left ! Fantastic race today Greg ! Congratulations !
You also find that picture on the home page of the website Max Testa Training. It was taken after Van Avermaet’s victory at the Tour of France stage in Le Lioran. That day, the American placed other selfies with the Belgian rider on his Facebook account.

This illustrates the close but little known tie that exists between the Belgian rider and the famous sport doctor who has been present in the peloton since the mid-eighties. At that time he was busy with the riders of the US team 7-Eleven such as Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney or Jonathan Boyer. The team had been founded by Jim Ochowicz, present-day manager of BMC. Since 2007 Testa (61 years old) is the head of a medical cell in the team but he also follows riders in a more individual way. That’s how he became Greg Van Avermaet’s coach in 2011 when the latter defected from Lotto to BMC.

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I listen but I do what I want to do

Says Greg Van Avermaet, friendly but a little bit rebellious. Max Testa, his coach for 6 years within team BMC, is one of the rare with influence upon him. On the eve of the Belgian season opener he talks to us about the Olympic Champion’s legs and assiduity.

Testa still remembers their first discussion very well.
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I always try to know the riders’ past, their psychology, their dreams, their ambitions… What interested me was not what Greg said but the way he expressed himself: he was quiet, sober, his answers were short but clear. He was sure of himself, an adult who knew what he wanted unlike his colleagues who are still mischievous at his age (26 years old at that age, e.d.): becoming the leader of the BMC team and winning major races such as the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of France stages, … Then we got along immediately: we are rather calm but very resolute/determined.
(probably not Testa’s words though, I’m back-translating here :D)

At that time the physical tests showed that Van Avermaet had the capacities that were needed to fulfill his dreams. However Testa has to convince him of one thing:
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Greg trains a lot, even too much … On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday he would spend five to seven hours on his bike and at weekends he lacked freshness. He thought that rest was a waste of time. In team training sessions, after the team training he would ride one or two extra hours alone. He had to suffer. Like many top-level athletes, he only felt good if he was tired. If he was fresh, he was angry with himself, thought that he hadn’t done enough. I always needed to repeat to him that he would be better if he took it a bit easier.

Yet for the American, Van Avermaet has a great advantage:
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He’s got a lot of stamina. Riders at the limits of overtraining are often complaining about a sore throat, stomach-ache… Not Greg! He’s very healthy and strong. When I tell him it’s freezing and he shouldn’t remain outside for too long, he laughs. He’s a guy of nature.

Still Testa and the Flandrian never agreed about training limits.
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When I advise him to stay home for two days I have the feeling I’m inflecting the worst punishment to him. It’s my main task, though, even more so than scheduling his sessions. For a few years it’s got better: he even train less today than at his pro debut but sometimes indeed more than I ask. When it’s sunny and rain is forecast for the next day, for instance. Or if he meets with a colleague and he’s making a detour to follow him but he’s no longer going crazy about it. If it’s raining he doesn’t do four or five hours of home trainer like some riders: an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, that’s enough for him.(laughing)

Not Addicted to Numbers

Testa managed to convince Van Avermaet of his philosophy without imposing anything.
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My riders should discover by themselves what they do best or less good. Greg listens to me more than he used to because we know each other better. I think he’s following 80% of the weekly agenda that I’m preparing for him. But not within about a watt or a second. He’s not addicted to numbers because he’s able to develop some well defined power with a lot of precision without looking at his heart rate monitor. It’s essential for him to follow his instinct and he feels better and better what his body needs.

No need to talk a lot about figures and training then.
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When I’m in the USA I’m calling him every two or three days and usually it doesn’t last for more than ten minutes. We go straight to the point, without too much talking. Coaching such a guy is a dream. The only trouble is that he rarely says when something goes wrong. When he tells me that everything is fine I’m trying to make sure that it’s true while most riders make an issue with the slightest little cut, his pain threshold is very high. He’s been suffering for years from a bump at the calcaneum (Haglund syndrome, ed.) which creates inflammation, mostly when it’s cold. I saw him win races with such an inflamed heel that neither you nor I would have been able to walk with. Last winter after his twisted ankle he never whined. Not before me, at least (laughs). Vintage Greg: he’s always positive, relaxed. If I need to wake him up at 6 am for a doping test he answers: Okay Max, no problem, while many riders moan.

Testa says Van Avermaet makes him think of another former champion American speed-skater Eric Heiden, Olympic champion in all fields in 1980 before turning pro as a cyclist in the 7-Eleven team.
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A fighter and a warrior on his bike but calm incarnate when he’s dismounted. It’s a great quality to switch from one mode to the other because it enables you to save a lot of energy. It’s no wonder Greg likes taking a nap. Actually he’s got the psychology of a stage race rider. He’s quieter than single-day race specialists.

Thanks to this happy-go-lucky attitude the Flandrian is never laying low for long.
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Last year after his crash at the Tour of Flanders he was very disappointed but two hours later at the hospital he already laughed about the fact his roommate Michael Schär, who had also crashed, landed next to him at the hospital. Look at that smile (he shows a picture on his smartphone, ed)! That is vintage Greg: an optimist who quickly retain the positive aspect of things and who already focuses on the next objective. That evening when I called him to say he could get a surgery at midnight while he had just got back home, he didn’t hesitate for a second. Nothing was too quick for him. He was very motivated again. A few days later he was already riding on a home trainer and the next Saturday, he was on the road. Without pushing too much of course. But still … I told him that that compelled rest came at the right time for later at the Tour of France or in Rio. And it was the case. I hope that his inactivity to which he’s been compelled after his twisted ankle will have the same effect during the next few weeks.

Ecological Car

Beside a better balance between training and rest Van Avermaet has also physically evolved. He most of all cared to improve his aerobic capacity, that is to say his stamina.
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Five or six years ago Greg already had enough punch to pedal very strongly for one or two minutes. We’ve specifically worked on that, notably with 10 to 20-minute interval, often in the Ardennes. That could seem useless for a classic rider who rather had to make short efforts of a maximum 5 minutes but those long intervals consolidated his base and it helped him recovering better between short efforts.

[Compared to 2011 he’s progressed by 5 to 10% in stamina. It’s his best skill along with his explosiveness: he can attack in a climb but also keep it on at high speed after the top. That’s why he kept it up for so long in Rio: while most riders are blowing up after a violent effort, he managed to sneak into three or four breakaways without fainting. After 5 hours 30 minutes of racing he still developed more than 350 watts, it’s phenomenal! He’s also learned to accelerate at 90% of his capacities and not at 98 or 99%. He’s not going red.

Testa is also sharpening Van Avermaet’s main weapon with smaller intervals (one to five minutes):
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What he likes best his attacking on the climbs of the Flemish Ardennes. Since 2011 his maximum power has increased by more than 10%. He’s able to hit 1,500 watts and more than 900 watts in one minute like at his victory in Rodez in 2015 when he outsprinted Peter Sagan. The effort showed in itself that was already world class but doing this after two weeks at the Tour of France and after a stage under extreme heat during which he partly was dehydrated… I’ve rarely seen that in thirty years coaching. After an explosive acceleration Greg manages to quickly eliminate lactic acid and recycle it. A bit like a car would use its own exhaust gas to produce more energy. You could hence say that Greg is an ecological car. The best marathon runners also have that ability. Physiologists have long thought that the best athletes were those who did not produce lactic acid but you now see former 5,000 and 10,000m stars shining on the marathon, like Kenenisa Bekele, because they’ve learnt to keep a high rhythm on 42km and to recycle the lactic acid, like Greg.
That’s why I’ve been convinced right from the start that he could be very strong in ITT’s. He only needed to get used to the specific position on the bike and it happened. During the TTT’s that BMC won at the World Championships or at the Tour of France Greg always was one of the best. He’s also finished several time in the top10 of a 10km-max ITT, like in Tirreno-Adriatico.

That is also why according to Testa, the Belgian is the climber of all classic riders.
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He even climbs better than Sagan, who is heavier, Greg can ride longer just below his maximum capacity, at 145-150 heart beats on an average, with a maximum 180.That’s why I wasn’t surprised he won in Rio on a route that was designed for climbers. After all he had dropped Thomas De Gendt in the hard Tour of France stage to Le Lioran while De Gendt went on to win on Mount Ventoux a bit later on.
Greg was very sharp after the Tour of France. On the eve of the Olympic race I told a friend in the USA that he would win. I laughed saying it was impossible on such a route but the next day he phoned me to say I was right. Greg had already proved several time he could handle demanding routes. At the 2014 Tour of France he almost won the stage over the Port de Balès and in 2015 without that crash with the motorbike he would have won the Clasica San Sebastian…
Several months before the Olympics I told him he had to believe in it, all the more so since in a single-day race the climbing rhythm is less high than at the Tour of France. In Rio, he teams consisted of five man only and there were no Sky train to beat everybody. I told him that if he survived the climbs without forcing too much, he could get back in the descents. My prediction proved accurate. (laughs)

(New) Objectives 

Testa believes that after what he showed in Brazil, Van Avermaet still has something left under the pedal.
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I don’t know his limits. He always surprises me. He’s able to win one week stage races with an ITT – Lowlands Tour, Tour of Great-Britain, Tour of California… - if the tops are not too high. Last year he won Tirreno Adriatico because the mountain stage was cancelled. He can also win Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Lombardy but it depends on how the race unfolds, on the weather, on the route, certainly in Lombardy where the finish place is changing every year. You shouldn’t forget that in 2011 he was 7th in Liège after doing the whole spring in Flanders, you know. He can keep top shape longer than the others but cannot win the Omloop, Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the same year. Perhaps after winning the Tour of Flanders he’ll Liège-Bastogne-Liège as objective. It’s the race that suits him best.
Since he outsprinted Sagan fair and square in Rodez, Greg is no longer the same rider. He analyses his opponents’ tactics better, he dares to wait longer, he controls himself better in stressful situations… He’s fully self-confident. He knows he’s the only leader at team BMC in the classics that suit him since the extravert Philippe Gilbert has left. It was the first of the two objectives that he told me of at our first meeting in 2011. The second one is winning the Tour of Flanders and believe me: if he manages it he won’t contend with it.

How Did the Peloton Prepare for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Desert foxes like Tom Boonen, Alexander Kristoff or Mark Cavendish regretted the disappearance of their favourite races [the Tour of Qatar] because the echelon stages made it the ideal build-up for the spring classics. “No races gives you as much punch as the Tour of Qatar” says Cavendish.

Yet the Tour of Qatar also had their detractors: too intensive, too early in the year, too far from some objectives. These last years, Lotto-Soudal didn’t take part. It wasn’t the only one. Of the top10 of the 2016 Omloop only one rider had crossed the desert: Greg Van Avermaet …

In 2015 9 riders of the top10 in Ghent had been to Qatar. Of the thirty riders of the top3 in the last decade, 16 of them had been to Qatar. So that race was not an imperative. Mallorca Challenge, Tour of Andalucia or the Haut-Var are as many alternatives in Europe, plus Dubai and Oman.

What doesn’t change however is that the riders who take part in the Omloop have 10 or 11 race days in the legs. The only exceptions among former winners are Filippo Pozzato (2007) and Sep Vanmarcke (2012) who had only raced for 5 days. This year Philippe Gilbert and Jasper Stuyven have made that choice.

Like last year Peter Sagan made a totally different choice: he raced a stage race very early (San Luis in 2016 and the Tour Down Under this year) and then stayed for 34 days without competition. He did an altitude training session in the Sierra Nevada. It’s unconventional for a classic rider but his coach, Patxi Villa [former clinical rider, comment by Echoes] doesn’t like traditional methods. In the Sierra Nevada, the World Champion again applied the “live high, train low method”. He slept at 2320m and trained at sea level with 4 hour sessions not too intensive. As we could expect it didn’t prevail in 2016 but he calculated that the altitude training would effect from GPE3 and Ghent-Wevelgem.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: pastronef on April 21, 2017, 11:12
procyclingstats has all BMC team contracts expiring this year (sauf the 2 neo-pros)

but many contracts were signed for "multiple years" so I guess they are just waiting for the official confirmation by TagHeuer or Andy Rihs or anyone that the funding is there.

any news?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on April 21, 2017, 12:11
No nothing, but yep Rhihs gace Och 1 year, and they then signed Tag, who in the future will take over the licence and use BMC bikes

so expect a lot of re-ups soon
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: pastronef on April 21, 2017, 21:01
No nothing, but yep Rhihs gace Och 1 year, and they then signed Tag, who in the future will take over the licence and use BMC bikes

so expect a lot of re-ups soon

ah ok, good to know, thanks.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Echoes on April 22, 2017, 13:28
(http://zupimages.net/up/17/16/6ala.jpg)


Ristretto for Greg & Phil

(in Sport Magazine 26 January 2017, a special edition for the new cycling season)

By Christophe Vandegoor, commentator on Sporza Radio.

Ring Ring goes the bell. It’s late September but the sun is still generous on the Med. In the entrance hall of one of the uncountable Monegasque blocks of flat the postman is bringing a pack for P. Gilbert. The owner hasn’t ordered anything and is eager to discover what it is. Expeditor: Mr Greg Van Avermaet, Grembergen. With compliments.

Mid-October Serge Pauwels indicated on Instagram that he had just helped himself with his first home-made Expresso. Three Rocket pictures illustrate the message. Many thanks to Greg Van Avermaet, can we read:
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A classy gift from a classy rider

His four Rio teammate were not offered the traditional watches as thanking presents but a coffee machine which is very trendy in the peloton. On the edge of the silver-coloured machine the five Olympic rings have been engraved. Below it three thin horizontal lines with Belgian colours (red, yellow & black) with the names Greg Van Avermaet, Serge Pauwels, Laurens De Plus, Tim Wellens and Philippe Gilbert. Left to right in that order. A subtle but eloquent sense of detail which evokes the contribuation to this fantastic gold rush that prevailed for Greg the Rocket.

Coffee is very popular in the peloton, that is common knowledge. Such a machine is currently very much appreciated. It’s also the present that Romain Bardet offered his AG2R teammates for the 2nd place at the 2015 Tour of France. In 2015 Rohan Dennis ordered a personalised machine after making a new [hour performance; the article says “Hour Record” but we all agree that it isn’t one :P]. Simon Gerrans was one of Orica’s first users. That machine can also be found in the Sky bus. “Rocket R60 is the great friend of the riders”, says the commercial slogan. It’s mostly fashionable in Anglophone teams, more so than in the Italian ones.

For Van Avermaet this coffee machine symbolizes his nicest win against this general embarrassment that Philippe Gilbert has long been. In his words but also in acts (read his results) Phil has often had the last word. The palmares implicitly defined the roles. Like in 2015 at Amstel Gold when Van Avermaet gently stayed in Jakob Fuglsang’s wheel with 7km to go. He protected Gilbert, his leader, that had been agreed at BMC [while Greg could’ve won that Amstel Gold and he ended 5th in the sprint !!!].

Yes Fuglsang: the man Van Avermaet caught and overtook alongside the Copacabana beach and who was largely satisfied with a place on the podium. This to tell you that had he displayed a bit more audacity and presumptuousness, Greg would have won more races. Until then he hadn’t been lucky either. Let us remember San Sebastián where a motorcycle rider decided about the outcome of the race.

We do not know today if Gilbert is preparing Expresso on his Rocket coffee machine for his beloved Patricia. We haven’t asked him but suggest it is so. Putting the machine away in the attic would be pretty low. But just imagine: every morning this machine recalls the nicest win you can have as an athlete, an Olympic Gold medal! Only you didn’t win it but a rival that you outclassed for several years. Without anything to be said because victories speak for themselves. But still … The noise of coffee grains which are milled  suggest a blasting attack. And the blow of the smoke which is escaping when a cappuccino is being prepared reminds you of the deep sigh of disappointment that you expressed over there in Brazil. Soon Greg and Phil will meet again for the spring classics. The former in full confidence and still obsessed with the quest of the victory he’s been dreaming about and which has incessantly escaped him: the Tour of Flanders [irony being that the latter got it]. The latter with a renewed energy that he got from a new environment. It only begs one question: who, after the spring classics, will feel like having “grown wings” and will drink the chalice till the end? [Answer is both of them :D]
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Francois the Postman on April 23, 2017, 03:29
In the entrance hall of one of the uncountable Monegasque blocks of flat the postman is bringing a pack for P. Gilbert.

I deny all involvement and any rumours that I have been following Phil around on a bike also are bigly FAKE NEWS. Sad.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Leadbelly on July 24, 2017, 22:13
The big news of the day...

http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/au-en/experience/the-feedzone/bmc_development_team_to_wrap_up_at_the_end_of_2017/

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“BMC Development Team was started in 2013, with no defined ending point, for the purpose of offering a platform for young athletes to race and train in an organized fashion against others in their age group and providing a feeder system to BMC Racing Team. Since its inception, this team has graduated eight riders to our professional team. All of these athletes have progressed well in BMC Development Team and as graduates to the professional team,” Ochowicz explained.

“Unlike prior years, the athletes today are for the most part being managed by rider agents. These rider agents then propose these athletes to other teams who may or may not invest in such a program. In essence, we are now developing athletes at a cost for both our team and other teams.”

“The UCI offers no protection to development teams and no regulations exist that protect their investment or the transfer of riders from team to team.”

“We are proud of all the young athletes that participated in the program and we wish them all great success for the future. The staff over the years has been incredible and taken exceptional care of these future stars. The riders and staff should be proud of their time as members of BMC Development Team.”

Och looks to be laying the blame at the doorstep of Sivakov's agent and the UCI. Can you blame the agent or rider too much though with the uncertainty over the main team's future?

http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/59825/l-arret-de-bmc-development-une-mauvaise-nouvelle-pour-le-velo

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Lotto-Soudal U23 sports director Kurt Van de Wouwer sees" bad news for cycling in general "and supports the point of view of His counterpart on the retention of young talents to migrate them to the parent team. " One could, I think, set up a system of financial compensation for training teams that lose a talent. This would already be a step forward. "

However, he does not understand the final stop of BMC Development." Getting talented will happen again. If we had had the same reasoning, then we could very well have stopped after the departure of Laurens De Plus, trained with us. The financial envelope of the BMC Development Team combined with that of the professional team is probably the true reason in my opinion. They have a budget six times higher than ours among the Hopes. They have had an extraordinary structure for the supervision of young people. If the financial question becomes too cumbersome compared to the time investment, why not just cut the budget?

The Lotto U23 man has it right I think.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: M Gee on August 01, 2017, 17:15
The big news of the day...

http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/au-en/experience/the-feedzone/bmc_development_team_to_wrap_up_at_the_end_of_2017/

Och looks to be laying the blame at the doorstep of Sivakov's agent and the UCI. Can you blame the agent or rider too much though with the uncertainty over the main team's future?

http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/59825/l-arret-de-bmc-development-une-mauvaise-nouvelle-pour-le-velo

The Lotto U23 man has it right I think.

Which would seem to validate my low opinion of Och's ability to think forward. However, the next bit of BMC news, Teuns win at Tour de Pologne http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/teuns-fends-off-sagan-in-tour-de-pologne-for-first-worldtour-win/ (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/teuns-fends-off-sagan-in-tour-de-pologne-for-first-worldtour-win/) shows BMC's tactical ability in good light. Maybe they should stick with the Classics, or races that have similar profiles (the case for Teuns win).

But Teuns' win raises a question in my mind! Do we have, in Teuns, the next generation Classics hero?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on March 14, 2018, 08:29
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tirreno-time-trial-win-stokes-dennis-confidence-for-may/

One of the most boring tropes in pro cycling is that Rohan Dennis is following a long-term plan to become a GT GC winner. Long-term as in by 2050?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: L'arri on March 16, 2018, 12:00
#bmc will not show up at this weekend's GP de Denain due to staffing problems.

Of the intended line-up, Ventoso must replace the sick Gerrans at MSR, Vliegen was injured at Wednesday's Nokere-Koerse and Bohli and Scotson are filling other slots left open by illness in Catalunya.

That only leaves Küng and Van Hooydonck and a team support presence cannot be justified for two riders.

https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/64739/grand-prix-de-denain-une-worldtour-se-desiste (FR)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on March 17, 2018, 22:33
#bmc will not show up at this weekend's GP de Denain due to staffing problems.

That only leaves Küng and Van Hooydonck and a team support presence cannot be justified for two riders.
What's more, a team can't enter a UCI race with only two riders when the 'normal' squad size is 6-7. They'd need at least 4 (I think).
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: pastronef on April 19, 2018, 08:48
Andy Rihs died

https://www.blick.ch/sport/schock-meldung-aus-frankreich-yb-patron-andy-rihs-75-ist-tot-id8273335.html (https://www.blick.ch/sport/schock-meldung-aus-frankreich-yb-patron-andy-rihs-75-ist-tot-id8273335.html)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on April 19, 2018, 09:19
oh - :(   RIP
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on April 19, 2018, 18:55
He was a true lover of cycling, passionate about the sport. May he rest in peace.

#bmc statement:
BMC Racing Team Mourns the Loss of Andy Rihs (https://www.bmc-switzerland.com/bx-fr/experience/la-feedzone/bmc_racing_team_mourns_the_loss_of_andy_rihs/)
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on April 19, 2018, 19:33
RIP
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: rote_laterne on April 22, 2018, 10:15
Sad news. I see BMC folding now after their mediocre season so far.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on April 22, 2018, 11:09
Sad news. I see BMC folding now after their mediocre season so far.
I'm afraid that this (or at least a massive downsizing) might happen at the end of the year, yes.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: AG on April 23, 2018, 01:14
they are desperately searching for a new sponsor (they have been for a bit as BMC already said before that they were not renewing)

Coming up with that kind of money will be tough though
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: pastronef on April 23, 2018, 11:47
any news about the team?

the company is called Continuun Sports LLC and it could be totally changed (or folded) next year.
my questions are:
was Andy Rihs owner of Continuum Sports LLC?
the team is not even sure they will race with BMC bikes next year?
Ochowiz seemed optimistic in his interviews last month, maybe he knows something we dont?
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: pastronef on April 23, 2018, 11:49
they are desperately searching for a new sponsor (they have been for a bit as BMC already said before that they were not renewing)

Coming up with that kind of money will be tough though

I knews BMC (Andy Rihs himself or his family) would not be splashing ALL the cash. but I think BMC bikes could be a supplier if the team continues?
but surely if the find a supplier who gives more money they will choose it over BMC
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: LukasCPH on April 23, 2018, 13:30
any news about the team?

the company is called Continuun Sports LLC and it could be totally changed (or folded) next year.
my questions are:
was Andy Rihs owner of Continuum Sports LLC?
the team is not even sure they will race with BMC bikes next year?
Ochowiz seemed optimistic in his interviews last month, maybe he knows something we dont?
As far as I know, Continuum Sports LLC is Ochowicz' company.
The exact business details aren't all that transparent - I don't know whether the company holds the WWT license and has sponsorship contracts with BMC, TAG Heuer etc., or BMC holds the WWT license and contracts Continuum Sports LLC to run the team.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: pastronef on April 23, 2018, 16:23
As far as I know, Continuum Sports LLC is Ochowicz' company.
The exact business details aren't all that transparent - I don't know whether the company holds the WWT license and has sponsorship contracts with BMC, TAG Heuer etc., or BMC holds the WWT license and contracts Continuum Sports LLC to run the team.

ok, I checked, Ochowicz and Rihs are co-owners of Continuum Sports LLC.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on April 23, 2018, 16:44
ok, I checked, Ochowicz and Rihs are co-owners of Continuum Sports LLC.

Yep.

Plan was always for TAG to take over but not sure if Och stays on board my guess TAG brothers take over Or the team folds
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: pastronef on April 23, 2018, 16:51
Yep.

Plan was always for TAG to take over but not sure if Och stays on board my guess TAG brothers take over Or the team folds

I wonder what the Rihs family will do. I am curious if we´ll see BMC bikes in the peloton in 2019
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Leadbelly on July 11, 2018, 20:15
https://twitter.com/8aldwin/status/1016951397517025281
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Mellow Velo on July 16, 2018, 15:12
 Now confirmed.

https://twitter.com/BMCProTeam/status/1018853401017376768

https://www.bmc-switzerland.com/int-en/experience/the-feedzone/ccc_to_become_title_sponsor_of_continuum_sports_in_2019/
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on July 16, 2018, 15:29
With no riders signed to BMC/Continuum for 2019 (except GVA now) will this lead to a mad scramble to re sign current BMC riders now at possibly inflated prices if they've had offers from elsewhere.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: search on July 16, 2018, 16:09
as a neo-pro, Frankiny must have a contract as well.

But yeah, if Polish media is to be believed, the budget CCC is willing to put in there isn't enormous, so with 2 million spent for GvA already and no big second sponsor in sight, they could end up with either a lot of underpaid former BMC riders, or lots of those from #ccc getting a promotion
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Drummer Boy on July 16, 2018, 17:20
Some interesting points...

https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1018856361529151495


https://twitter.com/inrng/status/1018856562071392256
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: al_pacino on July 16, 2018, 21:54
as a neo-pro, Frankiny must have a contract as well.

But yeah, if Polish media is to be believed, the budget CCC is willing to put in there isn't enormous, so with 2 million spent for GvA already and no big second sponsor in sight, they could end up with either a lot of underpaid former BMC riders, or lots of those from #ccc getting a promotion

2018 is already year 2 for Frankiny. He's worth more time though.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: Echoes on August 05, 2018, 12:57
Amazing that Greg is still 4th at the Clasica, while now clearly past his prime (despite his good Tour of France). Such a shame about the 2015 edition. Some claim he wouldn't have won anyway but 10" ahead of Yates with only the last part to climb, I think he might've been caught by Yates and outsprinted him.
Title: Re: BMC news
Post by: just some guy on August 05, 2018, 14:16
With no riders signed to BMC/Continuum for 2019 (except GVA now) will this lead to a mad scramble to re sign current BMC riders now at possibly inflated prices if they've had offers from elsewhere.

Interesting how many of the riders BMC/CCC really would like to have kept have gone to other teams

Bahrain picked up 3 great signings

Movistar got a classics man

Dimension data finally made a good signing with big Danilo

GVA and no substance so far