BMC hires Max Sciandri as assistant director

The former Motorola, CSC and Lampre pro will scout and develop new talent for the team

BMC Racing Team has hired former pro and Team Sky director Max Sciandri as assistant director for 2011.

Sciandri rode for Motorola, Lampre and CSC among other pro teams, and won stages at the Giro and the Tour and a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic road race in Georgia. Most recently he has been head coach at the British Cycling Academy and an occasional director for Team Sky. Sciandri was born in England to Italian parents and raced for the British Olympic team.

At BMC Sciandri will focus on developing the team’s younger riders and identifying future talent.

Sciandri said the opportunity to work with BMC Racing Team president Jim Ochowicz was a big factor in his decision to join the team.

“I spent three years with Jim when I was riding with Motorola,” Sciandri said. “He’s clear, honest, correct and professional. Cycling needs a few more people like him to get things sorted out.”

“I also like the way the team has come out quietly – not shouting things out that they are going to do.”

Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said Sciandri rounds out the team’s staff of assistant directors that includes Fabio Baldato, Michael Sayers and Rik Verbrugghe.

“He will have a really big mission — first taking care of the younger guys on the team by overseeing their direction,” Lelangue said. “He will also take time to go to the U23 races and make contact with national coaches and club coaches and young riders. He’ll tell us about the guys we should be hiring. We’ve always been looking to new talent and to the future.”