BMC Racing Team is taking strong line-ups to two one-day races this week with Grand Prix Cerami (26 July) and the Prudential RideLondon Classic (29 July) both taking place during the final week of the Tour de France.
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck will be at the helm in Belgium on Thursday with Maximilian Sciandri behind the wheel in the team car at the British UCI WorldTour race on Sunday.
“We have a really strong squad for Grand Prix Cerami. For most of the riders, the race will mark their return to competition after a long time without racing so we will have to see where everyone is. I think everyone will be free to race aggressively without one specific goal but for sure, if it comes down to a bunch sprint at the end, I think we have two very strong guys, Jempy Drucker and Jürgen Roelandts,” Lodewyck said.
“The Prudential RideLondon Classic is a good race for us. It is a race that we have already won with Jempy and we are once again lining up with a good team. It’s a good race to look for opportunities and breakaways as well as a bunch sprint and in that situation, we have both Jempy and Jürgen. This will also be a comeback race for a few of the guys and sometimes it is a hard race to interpret but we have a good team so we will try to do well,” Sciandri explained.
Drucker and Roelandts will be looking to test their legs at the one-day races after some time off racing.
“First of all, it is nice to finally race again after a two-month break which felt super long. Over the last few weeks, I have done some good training and I am feeling good but, racing and training are two different pairs of shoes. So, we will have to see how my body reacts but, I am super motivated for both races as I have good memories from them in the past,” Drucker said.
“For me, it has been a long period without racing so I am looking forward to being back at the start line. I have never raced Grand Prix Cerami so that will be a new one for me. I have done a good block of training so that race will be about seeing how the legs feel. Then, the Prudential RideLondon Classic is a race I really like. I have done it twice before and while I don’t expect my hard work to pay off right away, I hope I can do a nice final there and go into the next part of the season with a good feeling,” Roelandts added.
Grand Prix Cerami (26 July)
Rider Roster: Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Loïc Vliegen (BEL)
Sports Director: Klaas Lodewyck (BEL)
Prudential RideLondon Classic (29 July)
Rider Roster: Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Rohan Dennis (AUS), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL), Miles Scotson (AUS), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL)
Sports Director: Maximilian Sciandri (ITA)