Jürgen Roelandts moves to BMC Racing Team
Aug 04 2017 02:14 pm CET

Jürgen Roelandts moves to BMC Racing Team

Jürgen Roelands is leaving Lotto-Soudal to join BMC at the start of the 2018 season. The former Belgian champion is set to be a valuable addition to the team ahead of the spring classics.

"Jürgen Roelandts has years of experience racing the Classics, and he has excelled at that over the last ten years," said the team's General Manager Jim Ochowicz. "Jurgen has a great skill set and has had podium finishes in many of the biggest one-day races in the calendar."

"Jürgen is coming to us to be one of our primary Classics riders to work alongside Greg Van Avermaet and help Greg and the team continue our success at these races. Wherever Greg is, you can expect to see Jurgen at his side, especially in the Belgian races where he knows the roads so well. We are very excited to have a rider with Jurgen's experience join us next year."

The 2018 season will be the eleventh for Roelandts in the WorldTour and his palmares includes a victory in the Belgian Championships and podiums in several classics like Milan-San Remo, Ronde van Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke.

The rider is excited about a change in his career. "First of all, I want to thank my former team for the nice 10 years I had with them and for the chances I got," he commented. "But, I had the feeling I was looking for something new.

"I was already interested in BMC Racing Team because I want to keep improving my time trial skills and the focus BMC Racing Team has on the spring Classics was really appealing. The team operates on the highest level in both disciplines, so I was really pleased when they showed interest."

This will be the first time the rider changes of team, and he is looking forward to show what he is capable of. "In the past I've shown that I'm a rider who can adapt quickly and handle different types of parcours," he explained. "It will be the first time in my career that I will ride for a different team, so I hope I can integrate well and contribute to the successes of the team.

"A big objective for me every year is the Spring Classics, so I want to help the team achieve their goals there and support Greg Van Avermaet, who has shown he can win these races. If I have the chance to go for a win myself, it would be a dream and career goal. I also like to do team time trials, so I hope I can perform well in this discipline too."

This week, the Belgian rider underwent hip surgery because he was suffering from impingement. Some cartilage had to be removed and now he will need a long rehabilitation, leaving him out of racing for the rest of the season.
Photo of Jurgen Roelandts by Lotto-Soudal





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