BMC Racing Team extends contracts of four riders
Aug 30 2017 06:14 pm CET

BMC Racing Team extends contracts of four riders
BMC Racing Team extends contracts of four riders


BMC Racing Team has extended the contracts of four of its riders. Damiano Caruso, Jempy Drucker, Joey Rosskopf and Francisco Ventoso will continue in the American squad.

Caruso, Drucker and Rosskopf joined the team in 2015 while Ventoso did so in 2017. General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced the new deals with the riders and emphasised the fact that their talents and hard work have been instrumental for the team's success in 2017.

"Damiano Caruso is one of our strongest climbers and plays a key role in the team's Grand Tour ambitions," said Ochowicz. "As we saw this year, Damiano was a crucial support rider for Richie Porte throughout the year and then when the situation called for it at the Tour de France, he stepped up as our leader in difficult circumstances.

"Damiano is more than capable of getting his own results whether it is a Grand Tour stage win, or a strong General Classification result at a stage race, as we saw this year at the Tour de Suisse, and this kind of versatility is very important. With Damiano at their side, I think any of our riders have the utmost confidence in him."

Drucker has won stages at the Tour de Luxembourg and the Tour de Wallonie in 2017. "Jempy Drucker is a very versatile rider so when it comes to the Classics, time trials and sprints, we can count on Jempy. He's also one of the best bike handlers thanks to his experience in cyclo-cross.

"Jempy has three wins so far to his name in 2017, including the Luxembourg national time trial championship, and as we saw at the 2016 Vuelta a España, he is capable of sprinting against some of the best riders in the world. We had our most successful classics campaign in 2017 and Jempy was instrumental as a support rider for Greg Van Avermaet so we are pleased to see Jempy extend his contract."

Rosskopf, the current US national time trial champion, is happy to remain at the team. "I have been with BMC Racing Team for three years now, and I think that returning for yet another season with the team is a huge advantage," he commented. "Racing with the same organization for multiple years has allowed me to feel more and more at ease with my surroundings. In addition, each year I seem to grow more confident in and affectionate towards my teammates, riders and staff alike.

"My improvement in time trials this year is largely due to the amount of energy the team was willing to invest in me for this specific discipline of cycling. I may not have had a meteoric rise in the sport, but in 2018 I look forward to continuing to work hard and progress as a competitor little by little."

Ventoso has been playing an important role in the team's victories in 2017, including Greg Van Avermaet's at Paris-Roubaix. "I really like riding for BMC Racing Team. In my first year with the team I have found a really nice spirit in the group and a good atmosphere for racing. So, I'm happy to continue next year," he affirmed. "I want to keep learning and racing, which is my passion.

"2017 has been once of the most beautiful years of my career because I started at the Santos Tour Down Under winning with Richie Porte, won a lot of classics with Greg Van Avermaet, I had a really nice Giro d'Italia with Tejay van Garderen and now here at the Vuelta a España, we won the team time trial. So it has been a really nice season for me. I hope to keep getting better and better and help the team to important victories, like I have done this year."
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