BMC puts trust in Brent Bookwalter to win Tour of Utah
Jul 28 2017 11:37 pm CET

BMC puts trust in Brent Bookwalter to win Tour of Utah

BMC Racing Team's Brent Bookwalter will get a chance to lead his team at the upcoming Tour of Utah, which begins on July 31.

BMC will be the only UCI WorldTour team to take part in the American race, making Bookwalter one of the key candidates for the overall classification.

"Brent Bookwalter is our rider for the General Classification, a role he deserves after some solid results in the first part of the year," said sports director Jackson Stewart.

"Joey Rosskopf and Kilian Frankiny will also have freedom on the stage 2 summit finish and riders like Silvan Dillier will have the opportunity to jump in a good breakaway. We are ambitious but I would like to see us win the overall and the time trial, and I think we will be competitive and aggressive in all of the stages."

Bookwalter won the Sprint Classification in 2015 and is happy to return to the race in a leading capacity.

"This year's route has some of the classics sections which I've experienced in previous editions but also some exciting new sections like the long gravel sector on stage 4, the Big Cottonwood TT and a new summit finish at Snow Basin. Traditionally, this is a race that is won by a pure climber. My success here in the past has been more from versatility and tenacity than pure climbing strength, so I'll look to race heads up and switched on this week, capitalizing on my strength in areas other than just the climbs," the American said.

"I've had a fairly laid back build up to this next phase of races so am interested to see how my condition is. I'm always inspired to race in the USA so I know I'll have that extra bit of motivation that is needed when the race heats up. We have a well rounded and powerful team of climbers and opportunists in Utah so am looking forward to relying on our collective strength through the seven stages."

The full line-up:

Tom Bohli
Brent Bookwalter
Silvan Dillier
Martin Elmiger
Kilian Frankiny
Patrick Muller
Joey Rosskopf
Manuel Senni
Photo of Brent Bookwalter and Joey Rosskopf by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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