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by Shane Stokes
September 22, 2017
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Simon Gerrans wins the 100th edition of Liege, and becomes the first Australian to do so, edging out Valverde.
He’s been part of Orica-Scott for the past six seasons but now Simon Gerrans has signed a contract which will see him compete with the BMC Racing Team for at least one year. The 37-year-old is heading to the US team where he will grab his own chances but also ride for the team leaders.
“BMC Racing Team is a team that I have always admired, not only in their results, but also the professionalism of the organization,” he said on Thursday. “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.
“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, it is a race I’ve always enjoyed and done well at”
The team’s General Manager Jim Ochowicz said that there were not many riders with Gerrans’ results and knowledge. “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.”