BMC Racing holding company Continuum Sports has announced that Alessandro De Marchi will remain with the team under their new guise next season. De Marchi joins Greg Van Avermaet, Nathan Van Hooydonck and Michael Schär as confirmed as staying, while Guillaume Van Keirsbulck has already been announced as a new signing. Patrick Bevin is also set to stay but has not yet been confirmed by the team.
De Marchi joined BMC Racing in 2015 after two years with the Cannondale team, and two with Androni-Giocattoli before that. He is known for his regular appearances in breakaways and won the combativity award at the 2014 Tour de France. He also has two stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana, from 2014 and 2015. With the team’s lengthy search for a sponsor, De Marchi had looked elsewhere for next season but chose to remain with the team after they secured CCC as a new sponsor.
"During the spring, I was starting to look around for other teams and I was quite certain that I would be with another team in 2019 despite all of the things I have enjoyed during my time with BMC Racing Team,” De Marchi explained in a team press release. “Then, CCC was announced as the new title sponsor and Jim Ochowicz explained to me the new direction of the team. I was really excited by this opportunity and I realized that I could find the change I was looking for whilst remaining with Continuum Sports. So, I am very happy to stay with the team and I appreciate Jim's honest approach and the team's desire to extend my contract."
"I think we have an exciting opportunity to retain the team's core structure and welcome some changes, and I think this will help me to find new motivation and new goals. Without having a big leader for the Grand Tours, we will have a different approach to races and this will work in my favour and probably give me more opportunities at stage races. I am also really happy to stay in the same team as Greg Van Avermaet. I have always appreciated and enjoyed the races I have done with Greg, he likes to race in a way in which I can help him, and it's motivating to race with a leader like him."
De Marchi will be part of a very different looking team, not only because of the likely kit change. While Van Avermaet will remain with the American set-up, several riders have already confirmed their departure, including Stefan Kung, Rohan Dennis, Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Tejay van Garderen, Dylan Teuns and Loic Vliegen. Simon Gerrans has also announced his retirement at the end of the season, while Richie Porte is expected to move to Trek-Segafredo next season and Kilian Frankiny is believed to be joining Kung at Groupama-FDJ. With so many riders heading to other set-ups, keeping De Marchi is good news for the team.
"Alessandro De Marchi is one of the most versatile riders in our roster so we are delighted to re-sign Alessandro for the coming seasons. Alessandro takes every opportunity given to him and it's never a surprise to see him in the breakaway of a stage race or Grand Tour, giving it everything he has to go for a stage win," said General Manager Jim Ochowicz.
"Alessandro can time trial well and has been part of seven of our team time trial victories over the years. Some of Alessandro's greatest assets are his determination and motivation, as well as his selflessness when it comes to working for his teammates, so his attitude and experience will be essential for Continuum Sports in the coming years."
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