Steve Morabito (center) will be competing in his seventh Tour de Romandie. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour de Romandie Offers Many Opportunities

22.04.2013, Santa Rosa, California

An uphill prologue, a marquee finish in front of the new Velodrome Suisse, and a challenging mountain stage offer a number of opportunities for the BMC Racing Team to excel when the Tour de Romandie begins Tuesday in Switzerland, Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said.

Important Race
"This is an important race for a lot of the guys and for the team as a whole, especially," Ledanois said. Three BMC Racing Team riders – Mathias Frank, Steve Morabito and Danilo Wyss – will be competing in their home country, which offers a bit of a competitive advantage. "I've done some reconnaissance and studied the profiles and talked to guys like Danilo, who knows a lot of the roads that are close to his home," Frank said. "I think everybody will have their chance every day and the prologue should suit me well." Morabito said he looks forward to taking a shot at the overall after previously helping teammates to success at Romandie including Cadel Evans's overall win in 2011. "This year will be the first time I will not have to work for a leader," Morabito said. "After the Volta a Catalunya, I spent two weeks at altitude, so I am really motivated to have a good ride." Marco Pinotti also has a good feel for Romandie, having finished third in 2008 and fourth in 2011. He is competing in only his second stage race since breaking two ribs and his collarbone in February.

Listen to complete comments from Frank on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

Download the BMC Racing Team race sheet (PDF with roster, bios, statistics).

BMC Racing Team Tour de Romandie roster (April 23-28):
Adam Blythe (GBR), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Mathias Frank (SUI), Steve Morabito (SUI), Dominik Nerz (GER), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

President/General Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Andy Rihs (SUI)

Sport Directors:
Yvon Ledanois (FRA)
John Lelangue (BEL)

Scott Major (USA)

Chief Communications Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Bus Driver: Steven Christiaens (BEL). Mechanics: Kevin Grove (USA), Ronald Ruymen (BEL), Thierry Viaene (FRA). Soigneurs: David Bombeke (BEL) Bernd Coutteau (BEL), Chris De Vos (BEL), Antonio Marron (BEL).