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BMC gets invitation to Paris-Roubaix

BMC is one of three American teams invited to this year's Paris-Roubaix. Garmin-Slipstream and Columbia-Highroad are the other teams invited to the April 12 event. "It shows the level of confidence that the race organizations have in our future," team directeur sportif John Lelangue said.

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Wyss at the 2008 Tour of Romandie

Wyss at the 2008 Tour of Romandie

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BMC is one of three American teams invited to this year’s Paris-Roubaix. Garmin-Slipstream and Columbia-Highroad are the other teams invited to the April 12 event.

“It shows the level of confidence that the race organizations have in our future,” team directeur sportif John Lelangue said.

“In such a race, the level is so high that we will need to set attainable objectives,” Lelangue said. “First and foremost we are excited about gaining the experience, and so we will work hard to be aggressive in the breaks and ultimately be there at the end in Roubaix.”

Lelange mentioned several likely riders for Roubaix, including Danilo Wyss — who was third in the 2007 U23 Paris-Roubaix — Martin Kohler, Thomas Frei, and Brent Bookwalter.

“I was also very pleased to see how well Ian McKissick handled the cobbles in the most recent races in Flanders, and we will have more experienced riders like Alex Moos, Jeff Louder and Tony Cruz to round out a very strong group.”

2009 Paris-Roubaix teams:

Team Milram -Germany
Landbouwkrediet – Colnago -Belgium
Quickstep -Belgium
Silence – Lotto -Belgium
Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator -Belgium
Team Saxo Bank -Denmark
Caisse d’Epargne -Spain
Euskaltel – Euskadi -Spain
BMC Racing Team -USA
Garmin – Slipstream -USA
Team Columbia – High Road -USA
AG2R – La Mondiale – France
Agritubel -France
BBox Bouygues Telecom -France
Cofidis, Le Crédit en Ligne -France
Française des Jeux -France
Lampre – N.G.C. -Italy
Liquigas -Italy
Astana-Kazakhstan
Rabobank -Netherlands
Skil-Shimano -Netherlands
Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team -Netherlands
Team Katusha -Russia
Cervélo Test Team -Switzerland