BMC roars into the first day of Tirreno, positioning its GC leader, Tejay van Garderen ahead of rivals Nibali, Valverde, and Pinot.
The victory puts Daniel Oss in the blue leader's jersey heading into Thursday's second stage.
Pairing of Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte has BMC aiming for outright Tour victory
The 22-year-old Swiss rider is a promising young talent who grabbed two wins during the 2015 season, his rookie year in the pro ranks.
BMC has a long list of 2016 objectives, but the most eyebrow-raising is the Tour de France, which it hopes to win in 2016.
BMC Racing stars Phinney, Gilbert, and Van Avermaet back in the saddle for a winter training camp in sunny southern Spain.
Though Richie Porte has little success as a grand tour leader, BMC insists the Tasmanian can deliver on cycling's biggest stages.
General manager Jim Ochowicz tells VeloNews the "1-2 punch" will help the team's chances in the race for yellow next summer.
Brent Bookwalter will return for his ninth season with BMC Racing next year after netting top results in American stage races.
When Rohan Dennis finishes Wednesday's world time trial championship, he’ll have fueled his ride with a mix of talent and raw emotion.