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BMC Racing Team with Multiple Options at Critérium du Dauphiné
31 May 2018 Santa Rosa, California (USA)
BMC Racing Team is heading to the start line in France this Sunday for the opening day of racing at Critérium du Dauphiné (3 - 10 June) and will be lining up with a competitive roster.
BMC Racing Team is going into the eight-day UCI WorldTour race with multiple cards to play, Sports Director Maximilian Sciandri said.
“I think we have three riders, Damiano Caruso, Brent Bookwalter and Dylan Teuns, who can potentially go for the General Classification. Damiano has proved already this year at Tirreno-Adriatico that he can ride for the General Classification, but we will see what happens when we get there as I don’t necessarily want to push him too much looking ahead to July.”
“Brent is coming out of a good ride in California, and I think he is a good option and also Dylan. We won overall at a few races last year together so we will definitely be looking at our plan as the race develops. There is also a team time trial to think about, and this is an important stage for us, as always. When we go into a TTT, we pretty much always deliver a good result so, we will try to do the same on stage 3,” Sciandri explained.
Damiano Caruso has two main objectives going into the Critérium du Dauphiné.
“First of all, the Critérium du Dauphiné is an important test before the Tour de France and I want to try to find the best shape possible here. You always want to be at the top of your condition in July and this race can tell you if you have more work to do or if you're already in good shape.”
“I also want to try and get a good result for the team and my approach to the race will be the same as always. I will take it day by day and see where we are at when we reach the team time trial. From there, I can either try to fight for the General Classification or if I am out of that completely, I want to try to go for a stage win perhaps,” Caruso said.
Brent Bookwalter and Dylan Teuns are also looking to test themselves in France.
“This race is always demanding and I think this year it is split into two parts. The first four days with the prologue, a couple of medium mountain stages and the team time trial and then the last four days which look set to be pretty exciting. We have a mixed team and I think we can all show up and try to do the best prologue that we can before our next collective team goal which will be the TTT,” Bookwalter explained.
“After a hard first part of the year, I had a short break before starting again at Hammer Stavanger. It was a short and intense race and provided me with a good warm up to the Critérium du Dauphiné. We will see how it goes day by day, but if my form is good, I am going to give it everything to try to make a nice result,” Teuns added.
Critérium du Dauphiné (3 - 10 June)
Rider Roster: Patrick Bevin (NZL), Tom Bohli (SUI), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI)
Sports Directors: Maximilian Sciandri (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA)