Simon Gerrans Signs with BMC Racing Team
Team BMC Racing today announced it has signed four-time Santos Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans. 37-year-old Gerrans will join his new team stating with the 2018 season.
Gerrans' impressive career results include victories in Milano - San Remo and Liège-Bastogne-Liège as well as stage wins in Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
According to BMC Racing Team's General Manager Jim Ochowicz he is impressed by Gerrans' palmares and it was an easy decision for him to have Gerrans sign a contract with the team.
"There are not many riders out there with a palmarès and wealth of knowledge like Simon Gerrans, so we are very excited to see Simon join us in 2018. Simon's experience in all aspects of the sport and his diverse skill set in multiple race situations will make him a tremendous asset to the team. We expect Simon to play a big role in BMC Racing Team's performance from the beginning of the season until the end," Ochowicz explained to Roadcycling.com.
"We have multiple goals throughout the season as a team and Simon will, in particular, be a high-level support rider for Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet, as well as a rider who can make the most of any opportunity that comes his way. We are looking forward to seeing what Simon can do when he puts on the BMC Racing Team jersey next year."
Gerrans is likely to assume the role of road captain in BMC Racing Team's quest for Tour de France victory with Richie Porte and Gerrans himself is excited to start the next chapter of his career with his new team.
"BMC Racing Team is a team that I have always admired, not only for their results, but also the professionalism of the organization. Obviously, there has always been a strong affiliation with Australians in the team starting with Cadel Evans, and then more recently with Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis and Miles Scotson," Gerrans said.
"I'm really excited about the position I have been offered in the team. I always saw myself spending the last period of my career in more of a road captain role and passing on my experiences. I'm looking forward to contributing to the team as both a support rider and leader when called upon.
"It's probably a bit early to start announcing specific goals but I hope to get my season started in Australia. There is obviously a Santos Tour Down Under crown to defend with Richie Porte and it is a race I've always enjoyed and done well at," Gerrans concluded.
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