News: BMC announces Rosters for Belgian Races


The opening weekend of racing in Belgium will see the BMC field different line-ups and separate approaches for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday

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BMC announces rosters for Belgian races

Hushovd And Van Avermaet On Form
Past Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Thor Hushovd and Greg Van Avermaet – a top five finisher three times in the past five years – headline a roster for Saturday that includes another past top five finisher, Marcus Burghardt.

Hushovd was runner-up on Stage 3 at the Tour Méditerranéen. The Norwegian national road champion said that result – and his solo breakaway on Stage 2 of the Tour du Haut Var last weekend – show he is on form. “With that in mind, I go to Belgium to race for the win,” Hushovd said.

“We have a strong team, which should be present from start to end. My level is high now, but I just have to follow, and hopefully have something left for a good sprint in the end.” Van Avermaet, who was in a pair of breakaways at the Tour of Oman last week, said his two weeks in the Middle East were productive.

“You have the speed in Qatar, a little bit of climbing in Oman and good weather in both,” he said. “For me, it’s the best preparation for the classics. We’ll see how it goes, but I feel I am in pretty good shape and happy with my form.”

Sport Director Max Sciandri said Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne will be a chance for younger riders to show themselves, including Silvan Dillier and Sebastian Lander, both top 10 finishers on the final stage of the Tour of Qatar. “This is a good chance for those guys, plus riders like Klaas Lodewyck and Rick Zabel, to get some good experience and have their own chances,” Sciandri said.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Roster (March 1):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne Roster (March 2):
Marcus Burghardt (GER), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Sebastian Lander (DEN), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Rick Zabel (GER).


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