Tour de France - BMC name strong Tour team

Mon, 20 Jun 10:44:00 2011

BMC have named a strong team to help Cadel Evans break his Grand Tour duck at the Tour de France.

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Joining the former world road champion are Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, George Hincapie, Amaël Moinard, Steve Morabito, Ivan Santaromita, Manuel Quinziato and Michael Schär.

"We have a well-balanced team – between the experienced classics riders, who will help keep Cadel out of trouble – as well as the riders who are there for the middle and high-mountain stages," Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said.

"We also have a good squad for the team time trial, even if it is a short one (22 kilometers)."

Evans has won the Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Romandie this year and the two-time Tour de France runner-up will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 26th place finish last year after he broke his elbow.

"Last year versus this year, we are in a better position to take on the Tour de France," BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said.

"We recognised we needed to get a little bit more support for Cadel in the mountains. But we still have guys with lots of experience like George (Hincapie) and (Marcus) Burghardt to help him, too."

Hincapie will be making his 16th Tour de France start, tying Joop Zoetemelk's participation record, when the race starts on July 2.

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