Team News: BMC Olympic Champions at Leige

 BMC Racing Team’s Olympic Champions Samuel Sánchez (2008) and Greg Van Avermaet (2016) team up for Liège-Bastogne-Liège

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Team News: BMC Olympic Champions at Leige

BMC Racing Team’s two Olympic Road Race champions, Samuel Sánchez (2008) and Greg Van Avermaet (2016), will line up for the first time together this year at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, on Sunday, 23 April.

Sánchez and Van Avermaet will be joined by Dylan Teuns, whose breakthrough podium result at La Flèche Wallonne has earned him a position as a protected rider, Sports Director Valerio Piva said. “Samuel Sánchez is our main leader at Liège-Bastogne-Liège as the course is well-suited to him and he has produced some good results in the past, including fourth last year.

Greg Van Avermaet has enjoyed the best spring of his career and is definitely capable of getting a top ten result, and now we have seen that Dylan Teuns is in top shape, so these three riders are our protected riders for the race,” Piva explained. “We are not the favorite team for Liège-Bastogne-Liège but we have a strong team and we will try to do our best. It’s the last race of the Classics season and all of our riders are motivated.”
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Sánchez is confident after making his return to racing at La Flèche Wallonne. “I had good feelings at La Flèche Wallonne. I raced cautiously and in the final my legs were not too bad. For me, it was the perfect test to arrive in top condition for Liège-Bastogne-Liège. I think we have a super strong team with Dylan Teuns, Greg Van Avermaet and myself, as we have a lot of possibilities. The parcours has changed and it is slightly easier than last year. There are a lot of strong competitors but I think we are capable of getting a good result,” Sánchez said.

Van Avermaet will race at Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the first time since 2013. “It’s nice to finish what has been a great Classics season with one last race in Belgium before I move onto the next part of the season. I’m definitely not lining up as the favorite but I have recovered well since Amstel Gold Race and I’m motivated to get a good result. We’ll see how the race plays out and see what we can do as a team on the day. Anything can happen at these races,” Van Avermaet added.

Liège-Bastogne-Liège (23 April)

Rider Roster: Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Floris Gerts (NED), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Michael Schär (SUI), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA).



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