The American comes in 11th and says his goal is to help his BMC team all the way to Paris.
Cadel Evans looked decidedly less upbeat and confident the day before he begins his bid to relaunch his Tour de France career after a disappointing performance in 2009.
BMC introduces its newest frame at the Tour de France. The impec boasts in-house carbon weaving and highly tunable ride characteristics.
A strong performance in the Giro d’Italia earned Brent Bookwalter a trip to the Tour de France as he was included among the nine starting riders for BMC.
The BMC team re-instates former world champ Alessandro Ballan after an internal investigation finds no evidence of doping.
BMC Racing Team: Statement Regarding Investigation Initiated by UCI Through FFC against John Lelangue
Cadel Evans (BMC) is back in the pink jersey for the first time since he held it late in the 2002 Giro d’Italia. Evans was a relative newcomer to the road scene when he took the maglia rosa back then, only to lose it the next day in an infamous collapse in stage 17 to Folgaria. Racing the Giro for the first time since then, Evans says he’s now a different rider.
Just a few days in advance of the Tour of Flanders, BMC Racing Team chief mechanic Ian Sherburne assembled a new race bike for team captain George Hincapie. Friday marked Hincapie’s first look at the new rig, the bike he hopes will take him across the Flanders finish line first.
Local rider Jens Mouris of Vacansoleil broke from a 15-rider group in the final kilometers to take an 11-second solo win at the Dutch one-day Ronde van het Groene Hart. Belgian Nico Eckhour (An Post-Sean Kelly) won the field sprint for second, followed by Sep Vanmark (Topsport Vlaanderen).
BMC will be led by Italian Alessandro Ballan, who preceded Evans as world champion in 2008, with American George Hincapie, Dutchman Karsten Kroon and German Marcus Burghardt expected to play key roles. Americans Jeff Louder and Brent Bookwalter also will start.