Team BMC Ready to Fight for GC in 2009 Amgen Tour of California
With the first race of the season already handily in their back pockets, the BMC Racing Team is finishing its preparation for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California.
are not yet at the level of the leaders of the top teams, so our tactics will revolve around which of our guys will be able to make the right selection each stage," Chilcott explained. "We should still have three potential leaders going into the Solvang time trial, and after that stage every team will know who they are riding for."
Like a bunch of snorting horses at the starting gates
In spite of its early place on the racing season calendar, the Tour of California has become a hotly contested international event. "This race will be game on from the starting blocks out there and no one is bringing a team here just to run a training camp," Chilcott believes. "The teams from Europe have brought their best rosters and the racing will be extremely aggressive; no one can afford to come into the race with a complacent mindset."
Though working for a top 10 finish is perhaps less showy than going for some of the small classification prizes, it is necessary for Team BMC to take its place in the fight for the main event prizes. "I think that this year we really need to enter the big fight," Nydam said. "The decisive moves are made on the Cat 1 climbs, and not the Cat 2 or 3 climbs, and we need to ride with our heads as well as our legs so that we can stay within the leading mix for the full 9 days." The team has proved that it works well together with team leader tactics only unfolding on the road. That ability combined with the difficulty level the Tour of California offers should work well with BMC strengths. "The leitmotif of the team meetings is always to compete as a well balanced team with realistic objectives," Lelangue told Roadcycling.com. "California is our type of race and so we will be certain to be attentive to the leaders, concentrating on being aggressive in the last part of stages where [they] will be decided."