The BMC Professional Racing Team began racing in Europe Wednesday in the first stage of the Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia. The all American team included neo-pro Scott Nydam, who recently finished sixth in the Tour of Georgia GC, Jonathon Garcia, Ian MckIssick, Ken Hanson, and Jackson Stewart. All but Stewart are new to racing in Europe.
Team Director Gavin Chilcott, said optimistically, "Today's first stage was a good sign for the future. Scott Nydam and Jonathon Garcia rode in the breakaway of 18 that gained about a minute on the main field. The team rode with exceptional confidence and class in their European debut."
In the car assisting Chilcott in the five-day Italian stage race is special guest John Lelangue. "It's a real pleasure working with John. He will be especially helpful tomorrow as we embark on the team's first ever team time trial. His experience in this unique event will be invaluable," said Chilcott.