Skip to main content

Gallery: BMC 2013 team presented in Nazareth, Belgium

Image 1 of 70

BMC Team for 2013

BMC Team for 2013 (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 2 of 70

Schar, Burghardt and Morabito

Schar, Burghardt and Morabito (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 3 of 70

Philippe Gilbert is a focus of the media at the BMC team launch

Philippe Gilbert is a focus of the media at the BMC team launch (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 4 of 70

Tejay van Garderen looking serious about the 2013 season

Tejay van Garderen looking serious about the 2013 season (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 5 of 70

Klaas Lodewyck at the BMC presentation

Klaas Lodewyck at the BMC presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 6 of 70

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 7 of 70

Manuel Quinziato is back with BMC in 2013

Manuel Quinziato is back with BMC in 2013 (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 8 of 70

Gilbert's rainbow-banded BMC

Gilbert's rainbow-banded BMC (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 9 of 70

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 10 of 70

Daniel Oss joins BMC in 2013

Daniel Oss joins BMC in 2013 (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 11 of 70

Marcus Burghardt

Marcus Burghardt (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 12 of 70

Philippe Gilbert in his new world champion's jersey

Philippe Gilbert in his new world champion's jersey (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 13 of 70

Gilbert and directeur sportif John Lelangue

Gilbert and directeur sportif John Lelangue (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 14 of 70

Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 15 of 70

Andy Rihs speaks at the team's presentation

Andy Rihs speaks at the team's presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 16 of 70

Greg van Avermaet speaks at the BMC team presentation

Greg van Avermaet speaks at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 17 of 70

(Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 18 of 70

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 19 of 70

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 20 of 70

Philippe Gilbert at the 2013 BMC team presentation.

Philippe Gilbert at the 2013 BMC team presentation. (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 21 of 70

John Lelangue will lead BMC again in 2013

John Lelangue will lead BMC again in 2013 (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 22 of 70

Philippe Gilbert talks about 2013

Philippe Gilbert talks about 2013 (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 23 of 70

Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 24 of 70

Cadel Evans speaks at the 2013 BMC team presentation

Cadel Evans speaks at the 2013 BMC team presentation (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 25 of 70

(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 26 of 70

(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 27 of 70

Taylor Phinney at the presentation

Taylor Phinney at the presentation (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 28 of 70

Tejay van Garderen

Tejay van Garderen (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 29 of 70

(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 30 of 70

(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 31 of 70

The BMC riders get ready to line up

The BMC riders get ready to line up (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 32 of 70

2013 BMC Racing Team

2013 BMC Racing Team (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 33 of 70

The 2013 BMC team

The 2013 BMC team (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 34 of 70

(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 35 of 70

Manuel Quinziato

Manuel Quinziato (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
Image 36 of 70

Thor Hushovd at the BMC team presentation

Thor Hushovd at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 37 of 70

Taylor Phinney is on point at the BMC presentation

Taylor Phinney is on point at the BMC presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 38 of 70

Klaas Lodewyck

Klaas Lodewyck (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 39 of 70

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 40 of 70

(Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 41 of 70

(Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 42 of 70

(Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 43 of 70

(Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 44 of 70

Jim Ochowicz

Jim Ochowicz (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 45 of 70

Daniel Oss

Daniel Oss (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 46 of 70

(Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 47 of 70

Taylor Phinney

Taylor Phinney (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 48 of 70

Max Sciandri

Max Sciandri (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 49 of 70

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 50 of 70

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 51 of 70

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 52 of 70

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 53 of 70

Thor Hushovd

Thor Hushovd (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 54 of 70

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 55 of 70

Gilbert was portrayed in an art piece

Gilbert was portrayed in an art piece (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 56 of 70

Klaas Lodewyck

Klaas Lodewyck (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 57 of 70

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 58 of 70

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 59 of 70

The 2013 BMC team

The 2013 BMC team (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 60 of 70

(Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 61 of 70

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 62 of 70

Tejay van Garderen was the best young rider in the Tour de France in 2012

Tejay van Garderen was the best young rider in the Tour de France in 2012 (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 63 of 70

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 64 of 70

Philippe Gilbert has lots of rainbows

Philippe Gilbert has lots of rainbows (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 65 of 70

Philippe Gilbert (BMC)

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 66 of 70

Thor Hushovd

Thor Hushovd (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 67 of 70

Philippe Gilbert, the world champion

Philippe Gilbert, the world champion (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 68 of 70

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation

Cadel Evans speaks at the BMC team presentation (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 69 of 70

2013 BMC Team

2013 BMC Team (Image credit: Photopress.be)
Image 70 of 70

Fabio Baldato

Fabio Baldato (Image credit: Photopress.be)

After the high-profile acquisitions of Philippe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and Tejay van Garderen last winter, BMC owner Andy Rihs has been more restrained in the transfer market this past off-season, even if the team presentation once showcased his munificence by taking place in the newly-opened BMC Concept Store in an anonymous industrial estate near the evocatively-named village of Nazareth, in Belgium.

Resplendent in the rainbow jersey of world champion and with the home media out in force, much attention focused on Gilbert, who joked that living in Monaco had lightened somewhat the burden of being a Belgian world champion. By his own estimate, Gilbert would have lost up to two weeks of training had he stayed in Belgium during the off-season and attended the various functions to which he was invited. Instead, he logged more training miles than last winter – “in the sun, always in the sun” – and begins his campaign early at the Santos Tour Down Under.

BMC’s transfer splurge last year meant that expectations were high coming into the classics, but with both Gilbert and Hushovd struggling with illness, the team fell short in April. General manager Jim Ochowicz is expecting more from his charges this time around, with Greg Van Avermaet also featuring. “We expect out of these star races to have a BMC rider on the podium,” Ochowicz said, adding, “we also want to have a rider on the podium at the grand tours.”

The thorny question lingers as to who that will be. Tejay van Garderen outshone his ill team leader Cadel Evans in finishing 5th at last year’s Tour de France, though both men were in agreement that Evans remains the captain for 2013. “He’s the leader for sure,” van Garderen said of Evans. “I think I’ll have a bit of free role and if Cadel’s leader, it doesn’t mean that I can’t get a result myself.”

In a mixed season for BMC in 2012, Taylor Phinney was one of the squad’s most consistent performers, enjoying a spell in pink at the Giro d’Italia, two near misses at the London Olympics and a silver medal in the world championships time trial. The American’s aim is to continue that progress through 2013 with a return to the Giro. “I think having another grand tour under my belt will bump me up another level,” he said.

Absent from the presentation in Nazareth was Alessandro Ballan, who suffered an horrific crash on the final day of the team’s training camp in Denia before Christmas, although the Italian made an appearance via Skype.