Short news roundup: Max Sciandri, Luke Rowe, BMC's roster for Il Lombardia
Oct 12 2018 06:35 am CET

Short news roundup: Max Sciandri, Luke Rowe, BMC's roster for Il Lombardia
Short news roundup: Max Sciandri, Luke Rowe, BMC's roster for Il Lombardia
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

The short news roundup of the day includes a new addition in Movistar's coaching staff, a contract extension in Team Sky and BMC Racing Team's roster for the last monument of the season.

Max Sciandri joins Movistar

The Anglo-Italian has worked as Sports Director since he retired from professional racing in 2004, where he won stages in races like the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. Sciandri has an extended experience as part of the coaching staff of teams like the U23 British Cycling Academy and BMC Racing Team.

He will join Jose Luis Arrieta, Chente Garcia Acosta, Jose Luis Jaimerena and Pablo Lastras as sports directors of the men's squad.

Luke Rowe extends contract with Team Sky

The Welshman has been in the British team since he became a professional in 2012 and has extended his contract until the end of 2021. Rowe suffered from a serious fracture of the leg late in 2017 and had a fantastic recovery that allowed him to ride his fourth straight Tour de France in July.

"I’ve been with Sky since the start of my career and I really feel a part of the furniture here," commented the rider. "It’s been seven years and this deal will take me through to 10 years with Team Sky, so it was an easy decision. This is home.

"The team backed me straight away after my injury, whereas some teams would have turned their back. They helped me tackle the injury head on and looked after me every step of the way."

Alessandro De Marchi and Dylan Teuns to lead BMC Racing Team at Il Lombardia

The two riders will be the leaders of the American team in the final monument of the season. De Marchi and Teuns are enjoying of a good shape that can allow them to perform well at the Italian race.

"Il Lombardia is one of the toughest one-day races of the season and, of course, it is the final Monument of the season so that gives extra motivation," said Sports Director Fabio Baldato. "We know Alessandro De Marchi is in great shape after his win at Giro dell'Emilia and Dylan Teuns is riding well so these two will be our protected riders on Saturday. Damiano Caruso can also be up there and he will provide good support for our leaders. We are not the favourites going into the race so we will watch what happens and see how the race unfolds."

Complete roster: Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi, Simon Gerrans, Joey Rosskopf, Dylan Teuns, Loïc Vliegen.




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