Options Abound For Paris-Nice
A well-balanced roster for a Paris-Nice that includes two time trials and several uphill finishes gives the BMC Racing Team a number of options, said BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe.
Moinard On Home Turf
Verbrugghe said the opening stage of the eight-day race that begins Sunday is a good example. Brent Bookwalter, Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen are all well-suited for the 9.4-kilometer individual time trial. “There are a lot of stages with a lot of opportunities and we have a team that can do something in all of them,” Verbrugghe said. “It will be a really hard race, with not many sprints. There will probably be selective groups, which would mean we could do something for Thor Hushovd.” Amaël Moinard, who won the final stage and the King of the Mountains classification at Paris-Nice in 2010, said the team will support van Garderen for the general classification. “We have some classic riders here, which will allow him to stay out of trouble the first couple days,” Moinard said. “Then, as it gets harder, we will be there to support him and I hope to be on the offensive to go for a stage. The last weekend the races are on roads close to my home that I ride almost every da
y. So that’s the best motivation for me.”
BMC Racing Team Paris-Nice Roster (March 4-11):
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Danilo Wyss (SUI).