Capital City Cycles

Powerhouse BMC for next year

Posted in opinion, Road by capitalcitycycles on August 19, 2011




This morning BMC announced they’ve signed Phillippe Gilbert for three years. Gilbert signed in part because the team had expressed interest in him before his sweep of the Ardennes classics this year and an overall stellar year. Class act Mr. Gilbert.

This is great news for the already superb team. They recently signed Thor Hushovd which pleased me immensely mostly because I dislike Cervelo, but also because I like BMC. Cadel Evans spouted off some uncharacteristically weird remarks when Hushovd was signed, about the team working exclusively for him (in the Tour) and that the team did not need a sprinter. I think these remarks must have been taken out of context because everyone knows that Thor is no longer the sprinter he used to be and is slowly turning into a stage winner/classics man (as proven in the Tour this year).

I also happen to think that BMC needs men like Hshovd and Gilbert. They were animators at the tour and if there’s any criticism BMC received after the Tour win, it was that they were too calculated (i.e. boring). Phillippe Gilbert is an old school racer and wins races like Fabian Cancellara with brave early attacks and decisive wins reminiscent of a certain Eddy Merckx. The aquisition of Hushovd and Gilbert will simply make BMC one of the most exciting teams in pro cycling. I think they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the classics with the possibility of a three pronged attack of Cadel, Thor and Gilbert.

Don’t forget that even though those are the big names on BMC they have a superb team to back them up (George Hincapie, Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghart, Steve Morabito, Karsten Kroon, Johan Tscopp etc…), and some extremely exciting young talent (Taylor Phinney) as well.

I personally can’t wait for next season!

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  1. Iain Russell said, on August 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Wow. Amazing write up.

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