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by Neal Rogers
July 25, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Howes wins final stage at Cascade Classic as Carpenter defends GC title; Poidevin wins final stage at Cascade Classic as Dragoo seals overall; Lemieux, Fortin beat favorites to win Red Hook Crit London; After fourth Tour victory, Froome sets sights on Vuelta a España; Majka to join Sagan for strong Bora-Hansgrohe squad at Tour de Pologne; Katusha-Alpecin extends with Hollenstein, Restrepo through 2018; Citing influence of rider agents, BMC discontinues U23 development team; Video: Best of the 2017 Tour de France; Video: Sunweb’s Michael Matthews, Warren Barguil wrap up successful Tour de France.
The BMC U23 Development Team will come to an end at the completion of the 2017 season, BMC Racing Team manager Jim Ochowicz announced Monday. Ochowicz pointed to younger riders working with rider agents as a factor in shuttering the development team.
“BMC Development Team was started in 2013, with no defined ending point, for the purpose of offering a platform for young athletes to race and train in an organized fashion against others in their age group and providing a feeder system to BMC Racing Team,” Ochowicz said. “Since its inception, this team has graduated eight riders to our professional team. All of these athletes have progressed well in BMC Development Team and as graduates to the professional team.
“Unlike prior years, the athletes today are for the most part being managed by rider agents. These rider agents then propose these athletes to other teams who may or may not invest in such a program. In essence, we are now developing athletes at a cost for both our team and other teams. The UCI offers no protection to development teams and no regulations exist that protect their investment or the transfer of riders from team to team.”
The eight riders who graduated from the U23 development team to the pro team includes Stefan Küng, Silvan Dillier, Tom Bohli, Dylan Teuns, Floris Gerts, Kilian Frankiny, Loïc Vliegen, and Nathan Van Hooydonck.