The BMC Racing Team announced Saturday the signing of Alessandro De Marchi, the “most aggressive” rider at this year’s Tour de France.
‘Goal Is To Work For The Team’
The 28-year-old Italian earned the combativity award of the Tour de France for his part in breakaway moves on Stages 13 and 14 on the way to earning the top prize of the classification Sunday in Paris. De Marchi’s other notable accomplishments in four seasons as a professional include winning the king of the mountains classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, a fifth-place finish on Stage 17 of this year’s Tour and a stage win on the final day of the Dauphiné last year. “Alessandro brings another sharp edge to our team’s bag of tools,” BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said. “He is an aggressive rider with multiple skills, but we are especially excited about his skills in the mountains.” De Marchi said he looks forward to playing a supporting role for the BMC Racing Team. “My goal is to work for the team,” he said. “I know that is my strength and my best quality. Of course, if there are some opportunities, then I will go after them – just as I did this year at the Tour. But my first goal is to work for the captain and the team leader.” In keeping with BMC Racing Team policy, specific terms of De Marchi’s contract were not revealed.