Heroes of the Tour de France: The BMC Racing Team
Cadel Evans did an amazing job to get himself to two 2nd places in the Tour de France in 2007 and 2008, but history has proven that, to win, even a rider as strong as Evans needs a team that truly believes in him with riders willing to sacrifice themselves to fight for and protect him.
This year, with BMC, that is exactly what Cadel had. The BMC boys first proved their commitment to him at last year’s Tour, but bad luck found him. This year they were back, stronger and with a solid plan. While not the strongest team on paper, they were determined to protect Cadel, keeping him right at the front and out of trouble the whole way.
This great work kept Cadel calm and fresh. They enabled him to be strong and take his opportunities when they arose, and to keep calm when he had bike trouble on Stage 19 to L’Alpe d’Huez.
BMC Racing have ridden with belief and heart for Cadel all season, taking him to wins in not only the Tour de France, but also Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie as well.
It has been an amazing World Tour debut for the team, and with the addition of Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert for next year and an even more confident Cadel, there will be a lot more to come from the boys in black and red.