Finding a new family: Samuel Sanchez reinvigorated at BMC

Life after Euskaltel-Euskadi was always going to be tough for Samuel Sánchez. The Basque team was all he had ever known as a professional cyclist – 13 years in the distinctive orange kit and the best part of a decade as their leading light. Yet, after a turbulent couple of years since the team folded in 2013, the 37-year-old claims to have found a “new family” at BMC Racing.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.