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A video posted to Twitter announced the BMC roster for the upcoming Giro d’Italia. The team will have co-leaders in Australian Rohan Dennis and American Tejay van Garderen. Whereas van Garderen is the more experienced in Grand Tour racing, Dennis is the up-and-coming talent, and the team is arranging the strategy around that.
— BMC Racing Team (@BMCProTeam) April 28, 2017
“Tejay van Garderen is our outright leader for the General Classification,” said DS Max Sciandri. “He has a lot of Grand Tour experience and we’re really excited to see what he can do at the Giro d’Italia; a race he has never done before. It is a new challenge for Tejay, the course is well-suited to his racing style and he will have the support of the whole team.
“Whereas Rohan Dennis is in a unique position where he has free rein to race his own race. Rohan has never focused on the General Classification in a Grand Tour, but he has proven this year that he has the legs to be up there with the best, and I think we will see a strong performance from Rohan that will be the start of his transition to an outright Grand Tour contender.”
“The Giro d’Italia is a race I have never done before and it was a race I had been asking to do for a while,” said van Garderen. “This year, the team gave me the green light to give it a try and it was a good opportunity for me to lead the team in a different Grand Tour.”
“I have a lot to learn and I have to start somewhere where there are a lot more opportunities to get a result, so I chose to race the Giro D’Italia,” said Dennis. “If you can learn how to race the Giro d’Italia as a General Classification rider, you can race any Grand Tour. On paper, if you look at the route, I think 90% of the time the Giro d’Italia is the hardest Grand Tour every year. It’s probably the least-suited to me when it comes to the terrain so to be able to learn how to race for the General Classification in a race that isn’t really suited to me, is a huge bonus for me in the future.”