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by Shane Stokes
October 26, 2017
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BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz has praised his riders for what he said was one of the most successful seasons ever for the squad, while also confirming that the lineup will shrink by five riders in 2018.
“We are finishing the season with 48 wins, the highest number ever recorded by our team and by a long way too,” he wrote in a team release. “Of the 48 wins, 22 were at UCI WorldTour races and six were national titles. Not only did we win a lot of races, but more than half were at the highest level possible which is a testament to our riders and the entire organization.”
He also hailed Greg Van Avermaet’s victory in the UCI WorldTour rider rankings, as well as the team’s third overall. Mentioned highlights included Van Avermaet’s victory in Paris-Roubaix, which is the team’s first Monument success, plus Grand Tour stage wins for Silvan Dillier and Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte’s Santos Tour Down Under title.
The team has ended its development squad and will also cut the number of riders in the WorldTour team. “In 2018, we will reduce our rider roster from 29 riders to 24 riders which is aligned with our race calendar and the reduced number of riders per team at certain races next year,” he said, referring to new UCI rules.
“We are excited to welcome four new riders to the team: Alberto Bettiol, Patrick Bevin, Simon Gerrans and Jürgen Roelandts. All four of these riders bring a wealth of experience and a diverse skill set to the team, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.” It is unclear if budget has also played a part in the reductions; the team has been seeking a new title sponsor for several seasons.