De Marchi Signs with Team BMC Racing
The Swiss/American BMC Racing Team announced Saturday it has signed Alessandro De Marchi, the "most aggressive" rider of the 2014 Tour de France.
Currently riding for Cannondale Pro Cycling Team, the 28-year-old Italian earned the combativity award of the Tour de France for his part in breakaway moves in stage 13 and stage 14 on the way to earning the top prize of the classification Sunday in Paris. De Marchi's other notable accomplishments in four seasons as a professional include winning the king of the mountains classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, a fifth-place finish on Stage 17 of this year's Tour and a stage win on the final day of the Dauphiné last year.
"Alessandro brings another sharp edge to our team's bag of tools," BMC Racing Team President and General Manager Jim Ochowicz explained and added "He is an aggressive rider with multiple skills, but we are especially excited about his skills in the mountains."
Commenting on his new contract, De Marchi said he is looking forward to playing a supporting role for the BMC Racing Team. "My goal is to work for the team," he said. "I know that is my strength and my best quality. Of course, if there are some opportunities, then I will go after them – just like I did this year in the Tour de France. But my first goal is to work for the team captain and the team leader."
In the interest of the team, specific terms of De Marchi's contract were not disclosed.