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August 18, 2018: BMC Trading AG: Nathan Van Hooydonck Re-signs with Continuum Sports with Eye on Classics Development
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General Manager Jim Ochowicz is excited to see Van Hooydonck continue his development as a rider, a pathway that began with BMC Development Team.
"Nathan Van Hooydonck's progression with BMC Racing Team is a testament to the success of BMC Development Team so we are thrilled to extend Nathan's contract. Since Nathan turned professional mid-way through the 2017 season, he has shown great potential in the classics and with our focus on these races, Nathan will be able to learn from the best in the business, including Greg Van Avermaet," Ochowicz said.
"Nathan has also proven to be a valuable teammate in stage races and when given his own opportunity he is able to make the most of it, as we saw this year at the Dubai Tour when he was fourth overall. We look forward to seeing Nathan make his Grand Tour debut in the near future and continue his progression as a rider."
Van Hooydonck acknowledged the opportunity to learn from Van Avermaet as motivation to re-sign with Continuum Sports.
"At this point in my career I need to help my leader in the best possible way. As a classics rider, I do a lot of races with Greg Van Avermaet and I knew if I went to a different team then I would have to help someone else. Greg and I really get along and I feel very loyal to him so at this time, I couldn't imagine riding for another leader. That was the main reason I decided to stay in the team," Van Hooydonck said.
"I have always felt appreciated in the team and that is very important to me. I have a good relationship with my coach, Marco Pinotti, and the team is very professional and one at which I can best develop as a rider. I would like to end this season well and then in 2019, be there for my leaders to support them whenever they need me. If there is a chance to go for a nice result myself, I will take it on with both hands."
SECTION 1 BMC TRADING AG PROFILE
SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2018
SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2018
SECTION 1 BMC TRADING AG PROFILE
BMC Trading AG develops, manufactures, and assembles bicycles in Switzerland. The company offers road cycling, triathlon, mountain biking, and cyclo-cross products. Additionally, it offers accessories such as clothing and drink bottles. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Grenchen, Switzerland. BMC Trading AG operates as a subsidiary of ISH International Sport Holding AG.
Industry: Restaurants and Leisure
SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2018
August 14: BMC Trading AG: History Repeats Itself at Binck Bank Tour as Kung Wins Time Trial and Moves into Leader's Jersey
For the second consecutive year Stefan Kung proved that he is one of the best time trialists in the world on the stage 2 time trial at Binck Bank Tour, stopping the clock an impressive 14 seconds ahead of the next-placed rider to secure victory and move into the leader's jersey.
Kung came into stage 2 as one of the pre-race favorites and was able show his impressive speed and strength out on the day's completely flat 12.7km course.
The reigning Swiss national time trial champion settled into his rhythm quickly and powered around the course before clocking a time of 14'11' on the line.
After a tense wait in the hot seat, Kung's time remained unshaken and in the end, it proved to be more than enough to secure the stage win and the green leader's jersey.
Miles Scotson started his effort early in Venray and after a solid ride, he posted the eighth-fastest time of the day, crossing the line in 14'33'.
The Winner's Interview with Stefan Kung
Congratulations, Stefan! How did you feel out on the course today?
'I was really on it from the first meter. I had a perfect strategy in my mind. I had a good look at the parcours and I really knew how I wanted to pace it and execute it. Instead of just riding a course, I was on it from the first meter and really attacked the course. That's probably what made the difference. When I compare it to Glasgow where Campanaerts won, he was second today, it was such a different feeling. There I had the impression that I was on a training ride, mentally I just couldn't get into the zone where you want to be. So, I analyzed the race in Glasgow and wanted to do better. I'm really happy it worked out like this.'
'I really felt like I was riding a good time trial and I only had a reference time back to Miles and so, I knew I was on track but I still had to really go for it right until the end as the last few time trials we have seen have all been pretty close.'
You won today's stage by 14 seconds.
SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2018
August 18: BMC Trading AG: Arctic Race of Norway: Wyss Consolidates Fourth Overall With One Stage Remaining
Nine riders went clear after around 25km, of the 194km stage, and established a three-minute advantage which they held for the majority of the stage, during which time the BMC Racing Team riders made the most of the opportunity to sit back and save energy in anticipation of the tough circuit finish in Hammerfest.
Race leader Sergei Chernetski's Astana Pro Team teammates controlled the race for much of the day and brought the breakaway's advantage down to two minutes with 50km to go.
Inside the final 30km, Michael Schar and Damiano Caruso came to the front of the bunch, by which stage the gap was hovering just over one minute, and worked hard to control the group ahead.
Alberto Bettiol was one of the first riders to attack from the bunch with 15km remaining and hovered ahead of the bunch with three other riders while up ahead, the breakaway's advantage had been reduced further to just 45 seconds.
Bettiol's group was pulled back, so Caruso went back to the front of the bunch to set the pace as they crossed the finish line in Hammerfest for the first time to start two laps of a tough, punchy 7.9km circuit.
After the first lap, Bettiol led the peloton over the line in pursuit of the then-three leading riders whose advantage was less than 20 seconds.
August 18: BMC Trading AG: Van Avermaet Battles to Sixth After a Tough of Racing on Binck Bank Tour Stage 6
With 20 short but sharp climbs to crest over the 182.2km course, it was no surprise to a fight to make the breakaway today with a series of opening attacks being pulled back by a determined peloton.
Finally, after just over 40km of racing, four riders were able to go clear and build up an advantage that quickly extended to over six minutes with the peloton, including all seven BMC Racing Team riders, siting up behind them.
After entering the finishing circuit with just over 100km to go, the leaders tackled two back to back climbs before starting the first of two 45.5km long laps, also featuring three other categorized ascents, with an advantage that had fallen to around 2'30".
The peloton continued to drive a hard tempo behind the leaders and by the time the bell rang to mark the start of the final lap, the breakaway had been caught and the peloton had split with Van Avermaet, Kung and Jempy Drucker all working hard at the front of the first group.
Attacks were soon flying off the front of the leading group and at the 35km to go mark, Timo Roosen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) and Maciej Bodnar (BORA-hansgrohe) were dangling 30 seconds up the road.
The pace didn't slow down behind them with the main bunch drawn out into single file along the road as riders, battling for the both the General Classification and the opportunity to go for the stage win, continued to attack.
August 17: BMC Trading AG: BMC Racing Team Sends Versatile Roster to EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck said the experienced team will aim to race aggressively on Sunday. "We have a strong team for the EuroEyes Cyclassics.
"All of the riders will be valuable during the race as we have riders who can go for the breakaway, especially riders like Alessandro De Marchi who likes to have freedom, and Dylan Teuns who can move in the final on the Waseberg. This is still with 15km to go but we have seen that it is possible in the past if a strong group goes clear," Lodewyck said.
"For the sprint, we have Jurgen Roelandts and Simon Gerrans who can sprint well at the end. I don't think we have a clear leader to go for the win but we should be in the mix and try to make the best possible result."
Roelandts is looking forward to testing his form if the race comes down to a bunch sprint.
"EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg is mostly a sprinter's classic as it more often than not ends in a bunch sprint. I was once sixth there so I hope it will be a hard race as this suits me more because I can still have a good sprint in my legs after a hard classic. We will see how the race evolves. Dylan Teuns is also in good shape after the Tour de Pologne so maybe he can do something on the climb.
August 17: BMC Trading AG: US National Time Trial Champion Joey Rosskopf Re-signs with Continuum Sports
Rosskopf joined BMC Racing Team in 2015 and has gone from strength to strength in that time, General Manager Jim Ochowicz said.
"Joey Rosskopf is an incredibly talented rider who often flies under the radar because of his selflessness and professionalism when it comes to supporting his teammates. He has played a key domestique role at stage races and Grand Tours over the years and can also make the most of his own opportunities. Joey's time trialling has come a long way in the last four years and as we have seen, he is now one of the team's best time trialists with two national titles to his name and most recently, second in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah prologue. Joey has also played an important role in many of our team time trial victories over the years," Ochowicz said.
"At 28-years-old, Joey is still young and has the potential to keep developing as a rider so it is a pleasure to re-sign Joey for the 2019 season when Polish company CCC becomes title sponsor."
Rosskopf acknowledged the team's support as a key factor in extending his contract.
"In my four years with BMC Racing Team, the team management has shown an incredible amount of patience and dedication in helping me find my most productive role within the team.
August 16: BMC Trading AG: Bettiol Sprints to Sixth Place on Opening Day in Norway
Alberto Bettiol battled to sixth place on the uphill finish on stage 1 of the Arctic Race of Norway after a fast stage, which saw Damiano Caruso and Nicolas Roche make the breakaway.
It took more than an hour for the breakaway to form and eventually a group of 20 riders, including Caruso and Roche, made the most of a hard section of the race and were able to go clear.
With three teams missing the move, the peloton pulled for the whole stage to bring the breakaway back and as a result of the fast tailwind, the peloton finished the day with an average race speed of 47.9km/hour.
After keeping the gap around the 1'30'-mark, the peloton persisted in their chase and brought the breakaway to within one minute with 50km remaining.
Lack of cooperation in the big breakaway saw their advantage reduce further until the majority of the group, including Caruso and Roche, were brought back inside 30km to go, leaving seven riders in the lead with a narrow 40-second advantage. B
MC Racing Team took control of the race with 15km remaining, with the two former Swiss road race champions Michael Schar and Danilo Wyss setting the pace to bring the breakaway back and set Bettiol up for the finale.
Caruso made a move approaching the final 10km and the race momentarily came back together with 9km to go.
Two riders tried their luck on the final lap of the finish circuit and held a 10-second advantage over the bunch, which was led by the BMC Racing Team train.
Wyss was well-positioned as he made the left hand turn before the steep kick up to the line while, on the other side of the bunch, Bettiol was a few places behind and both riders managed to avoid a nasty crash on the tricky corner 500m before the line, which held Caruso and Roche up.
A strong attack from Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendun-Circus) saw the Dutch champion claim the win, while Bettiol managed to hang on for sixth place to finish on the same time as Van der Poel.
With one bonus second picked up during the stage, Bettiol sits in fourth on the General Classification, nine seconds behind Van der Poel.
Quotes from the Finish Line
'The stage was hard all day.
August 16: BMC Trading AG: Drucker Sprints to Sixth on a Chaotic Day of Racing at Binck Bank Tour
Jempy Drucker sprinted to a top ten finish at Binck Bank Tour today after a chaotic day of racing saw the peloton chasing down several breakaway attempts before another fast and hectic finale on the local laps.
After missing out on the opportunity to battle for the stage win yesterday, the sprinters' team did not mess around in the finale of stage 4 today, pulling the day's second breakaway back with 26km to go before controlling the final run into the line.
However, in the end, they were once again denied the chance to battle for the stage win with Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) launching a late attack in the closing meters of the stage to take the win.
Earlier in the day, a three-rider breakaway went clear almost as soon as the flag dropped but, their advantage was kept under control, peaking at 3'30" before being pulled back to around 2'30" after 50km of racing.
From there, the peloton continued to set a fast tempo behind the leaders and with 95km to go, the gap had fallen to just 20 seconds with the catch made shortly after and fresh attacks flying off the front.
BMC Racing Team moved up to the front of the main bunch to limit the chance of a new six-rider breakaway going up the road and with more teams coming up help drive a hard pace, splits formed.
Greg Van Avermaet, Stefan Kung, Francisco Ventoso, Loic Vliegen and Drucker all made it into the first part of the peloton which at one stage had an advantage of around 30 seconds however the groups eventually came back together and the race settled down once again inside 70km to go.
20km later, the regrouped peloton had allowed four riders to build up a one-minute advantage with the sprinters' teams working with race leader, Matej Mohoric's Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team teammates to ensure the group was always within touching distance.
At the start of the first of two laps of a 15.4km circuit around Ardooie, just one rider was left dangling off the front of the bunch and he was quickly swept up as the intensity of the race increased further.
The sprinters' teams continued to neutralize the late attacks as the bell rang and with 5km to go, the bunch sprint looked inevitable however Stuyven's attack inside the final kilometer saw him take the peloton by surprise to secure the victory.
Drucker was well-positioned in the main bunch when the sprint was launched behind the stage winner and he was able to test his legs after a hard day of racing to take sixth on the line.
Kung crossed the line safely in the peloton and he continues to sit third overall on the General Classification, 22 seconds behind Mohoric.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
"It was a nervous race all day with the wind as you never know what can happen in that situation as the bunch can easily split up.
August 15: BMC Trading AG: Breakaway Stays Away on Binck Bank Tour Stage 3 and Forces a GC Shake-up
Binck Bank Tour stage 3 proved to be a disappointing day of racing for BMC Racing Team with the breakaway able to resist being caught in the closing kilometers of the day and ultimately force a shake-up of the General Classification with Stefan Kung slipping into third overall after rolling across the start line in Aalter in the green jersey.
The breakaway formed almost immediately after the flag dropped with five riders starting to extend an advantage over the opening 20km of the day, which included the first intermediate sprint after 9.5km, of the 174.9km course.
However, the leaders were not allowed to gain too much time over the rest of the field and in the end, the gap was limited to 4'40" before it settled at around 3'30" with Francisco Ventoso, Loic Vliegen and Miles Scotson setting the tempo alongside Team LottoNL-Jumbo approaching the 100km to go mark.
Ventoso was still sitting up at the front of the bunch 40km later as more sprinters' teams began to send riders up to take over the pacemaking and as a result the peloton was drawn out into a long line as the gap to the breakaway began to fall
A mechanical with 36km to go didn't faze Kung and after a quick bike change he was back in the bunch being guided into position by his teammates before the peloton crossed the finish line to start the first of two laps of a 12.8km circuit around Antwerpen, 2'40" behind the breakaway.
August 15: BMC Trading AG: Simon Geschke Finds a New Challenge with Continuum Sports in 2019
Tour de France stage winner Simon Geschke is the latest rider to sign on with Continuum Sports in 2019 in a move that will see the German rider change teams for the first time in his ten-year career.
General Manager Jim Ochowicz praised the 32-year-old's ability as a teammate as well as a rider who maximizes personal opportunities.
'Simon Geschke has forged an impressive career to date, including his 2015 Tour de France stage win, and will bring a wealth of experience to the team. Simon is a specialist when it comes to the Ardennes classics and Il Lombardia so he will add strength to our team for those one-day races, whether it be in a support role or making the most of opportunities that come his way. From a Grand Tour perspective, Simon has 11 participations to his name and in addition to a Tour de France stage win, he has played a fantastic role in supporting his respective team leader over the years which makes him an asset to our team,' Ochowicz explained.
'It has been two years since we had a German rider on the team so it is great to have Simon with us. We have more and more German races on the calendar and German fans are very passionate about cycling. The German market is also important for CCC, our new title sponsor for 2019, so we are very excited to welcome Simon to the team.'
Geschke has recorded top ten finishes at multiple one-day races throughout his career, including Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race, and Gran Prix Cycliste de Quebec.
After ten years with Team Sunweb, Geschke felt it was the right time to move on when an opportunity presented itself with Continuum Sports, currently operating as BMC Racing Team, in 2019.
'I was looking for a new challenge after ten years with the same team as that is a long time.
August 14: BMC Trading AG: Michael Schar to Continue Road Captain Role with Continuum Sports in 2019
Michael Schar has extended his contract with Continuum Sports beyond the 2018 season, a move that will see the former Swiss road race champion celebrate a decade with the team in 2019.
Schar has demonstrated his skills as a dedicated road caption and super-domestique year after year, General Manager Jim Ochowicz said.
'When looking at our roster for 2019, it was an easy decision to extend Michael Schar's contract. There are very few riders with Michael's capacity to support the team in different race formats, from the classics to the Grand Tours, and I have no doubt that he will be an asset for us as Continuum Sports evolves with CCC becoming title sponsor in 2019,' Ochowicz said.
'Michael's experience as a road caption and his professionalism is outstanding. He works selflessly for his teammates and when given an opportunity, as we saw during his breakaway and solo attack on stage 13 of the Tour de France, Michael makes the most of it. It is a pleasure to have Michael with the team in the coming seasons.'
Schar didn't hesitate to re-sign with Continuum Sports after spending the majority of his career with the team.
'I am happy to reach the ten-year mark with Continuum Sports. I have a long term relationship with this organization and feel very good on and off the bike.
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