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by Shane Stokes
November 29, 2017
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Having retired early from his riding career with the BMC Racing Team due to heart rhythm issues, then working as a directeur sportif with the BMC Development Team, Klaas Lodewyck will step up to the same managerial role with the BMC Racing Team in 2018.
He had previously guested in that capacity for the team, including in the Artic Race of Norway. There, Dylan Teuns claimed two stage wins and the overall victory. The BMC Development team is coming to an end and Lodewyck will now move up a level to the WorldTour squad.
“When an opening in our sports director team became available, Klaas Lodewyck was our first choice for a number of reasons,” said General Manager Jim Ochowicz. “He had been doing some great work with BMC Development Team and had also joined us for some races in the past two years where he showed us his skills as a sports director.
“Of course, as a former rider with BMC Racing Team, he is very familiar with the way the team operates and our staff and riders, many of whom he raced with. Klaas already has experience at many of the races in our calendar as a rider or a second director and in 2018, he will step up as first director at a number of events. We are very excited to have Klaas join us and we know he will be a great fit.”
Lodewyck described the appointment as a dream come true. “I wanted to stay with the BMC Racing Team family because when I couldn’t race anymore, Jim Ochowicz offered me the chance to be a sports director with the development team and this is an opportunity I am still very grateful for.”