Team BMC will head into the Critrium du Dauphin without a general classification rider and focus on stage wins. Absent a contender for the overall classification, Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said the team would look for opportunities that suit the roster during the eight-stage race that begins Sunday in Champry, Switzerland.
“It’s a bit different because we don’t have a leader for the GC (general classification),” Ledanois said. “But I think we have many quality riders who can contend for stages.”
Included among them is past world road champion Thor Hushovd, who has four career stage wins and a stint in the Dauphine leader’s jersey in 2008. Hushovd is fresh off helping teammate Tejay van Garderen win the Amgen Tour of California while garnering four top 10 finishes himself, including third on Stage 5.
“I got a better feeling in California and my body was reacting over the race so I was pleased with my improving form day-by-day,” Hushovd said. “I will have to look into the details of how the finishes are, but I think there are some nice opportunities for me. They all look like hard finishes, with some heavy climbs, but I think I’m climbing better, so there are some possibilities.”
BMC for Critrium du Dauphin
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Martin Kohler (SUI), Dominik Nerz (GER), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Larry Warbasse (USA).