Thought to be the new super team of world cycling, BMC racked up an impressive 21 wins last season including the young rider’s jersey in the Tour de France. However, with Evans falling behind at the Tour and Gilbert missing out on any of the Classics, it would seem that BMC failed to live up to the expectations of their so called super powers. The end of 2012 brought a bit more luck with Gilbert managing the greatest win of the season by becoming the World Road Race Champion and this if nothing else, should inject a great amount of confidence into team. So will 2013 bring more success or will the so called ‘curse of the rainbow jersey’ effect yet another season for this American based team?
Hoping for a good start to the new year BMC is sending a strong team down under including:
Phillipe Gilbert (BEL) current Road Race World Champion
Martin Kohler (SUI) current Swiss Road racing Champion
Klaas Lodewyck (BEL) won the combative classification in the 2012 Tour of Oman
Amael Moinard (FRA) last major win was in 2010 when he took the KOM in Paris-Nice riding then for Cofidis
Steve Morabito (SUI) came 2dn overall in the 2012 Tour of Austria
Ivan Santaromita (ITA) no major wins, Ivan is an excellent domestique there to give support to Gilbert.
Danilo Wyss (SUI) another domestique there for support of his team leader.
With a good support team Gilbert stands a good chance of starting off on a positive note, showing off the rainbow stripes in style, but with temperatures soaring above 50 degrees it will be testing to see how the Belgian copes in the heatwave.
Check back again tomorrow for the next team confirmation AG2R.