Tour de France champion Cadel Evans and three-time U.S. national road champion George Hincapie will stay on with the BMC Racing Team in 2012, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Monday.
Evans On Board Through 2014
One week after winning his first Tour title, Evans has extended his contract through the 2014 season. Hincapie has extended for the 2012 season, Ochowicz said, after tying the Tour’s participation record with 16 appearances. “Having these two return to the BMC Racing Team next year allows for our continued growth by having our two captains stay on board to provide leadership and mentoring to others in our organization,” Ochowicz said. “In George’s case, we need him to help the young guys like Taylor Phinney and Greg Van Avermaet keep developing. For everyone else, he creates leadership in the classics and at the Tour de France.” Future announcements regarding BMC Racing Team rider extensions and acquisitions will be announced at the appropriate time, Ochowicz said.
‘Satisfying Journey So Far’
After joining the BMC Racing Team as the reigning world road champion in 2010, Evans helped the squad earn its first berths in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia the same season. This year, he is No. 1 on the UCI WorldTour rankings while leading the BMC Racing Team to No. 2 in the team standings. “I feel that as a team, we have grown successfully together,” Evans said. “It’s been an enjoyable and satisfying journey so far. From the start, I have always felt the BMC Racing Team has had a lot of confidence in me as a member and often as a leader of the team. So a longer term contract echoes this. I look forward to the years ahead. We will keep working and progressing toward the future.”
Hincapie Excited For 18th Season
A record nine times Hincapie has been a teammate of the winner of the Tour de France. In May, he came within a tire width of winning his fourth U.S. national road title. The 2012 season will be his 19th after turning professional in 1994. “I’m really excited to continue the success of the team,” Hincapie said. “My two years with the BMC Racing Team has been even better than my expectations. Being able to help Cadel win the Tour de France was a career highlight for me. To be able to continue on for another year offers me more opportunities to extend the goodwill of the team.”