Simon Gerrans to spend 2018 at BMC Racing Team
Sep 21 2017 03:41 pm CET

Simon Gerrans to spend 2018 at BMC Racing Team
Simon Gerrans to spend 2018 at BMC Racing Team
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SIMON GERRANS
BMC RACING TEAM

Simon Gerrans has signed for BMC Racing Team. The Australian will join the American team for the 2018 season.

The 37-year-old has an impressive palmares that includes four victories in the Tour Down Under, as well as wins in races like Milano-San Remo, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and in stages of all of three Grand Tours.

BMC's General Manager Jim Ochowicz said that for the team it is easy to welcome a rider with such talents. "There are not many riders out there with a palmares and wealth of knowledge like Simon Gerrans, so we are very excited to see Simon join us in 2018," he commented. "Simon's experience in all aspects of the sport and his diverse skill set in multiple race situations will make him a tremendous asset to the team. We expect Simon to play a big role in BMC Racing Team's performance from the beginning of the season until the end."

"As a team, we have multiple goals throughout the season and Simon will, in particular, be a high-level support rider for Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet, as well as a rider who can make the most of any opportunity that comes his way. We are looking forward to seeing what Simon can do when he puts on the BMC Racing Team jersey next year."

After six seasons at Orica-Scott, Gerrans is ready to face a new challenge. "BMC Racing Team is a team that I have always admired, not only in their results, but also the professionalism of the organization," he explained. "Obviously, there has always been a strong affiliation with Australians in the team starting with Cadel Evans, and then more recently with Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis and Miles Scotson."

"I'm really excited about the position I have been offered in the team. I always saw myself spending the last period of my career in more of a road captain role and passing on my experiences. I'm looking forward to contributing to the team as both a support rider and leader when called upon."

The rider still doesn't have a plan for next season, but he already has some preferences for the year to come. "It's probably a bit early to start announcing specific goals but I hope to get my season started in Australia. There is obviously a Santos Tour Down Under crown to defend with Richie Porte, and it is a race I've always enjoyed and done well at."
Photo of Simon Gerrans by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas





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