Campbell Flakemore Joins BMC Racing Team

2014 UCI Road World Championships U23 Men's ITT (11) - Campbell Flakemore (image copyright Bart Hazen)

2014 UCI Road World Championships U23 Men’s ITT (11) – Campbell Flakemore (image copyright Bart Hazen)

The BMC Racing Team announced three new rider signings Thursday: newly-crowned Under 23 world time trial champion Campbell Flakemore of Australia, Joey Rosskopf of the United States and Manuel Senni of Italy. Growing And Nurturing Young Riders Each of the three fits the BMC Racing Team’s initiative to identify promising young riders who can develop and eventually play integral roles for the United States-registered squad, said President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz. “This is part of our on-going initiative to bring young riders through our system as an extension of our work with the BMC Development Team,” Ochowicz said. “We are always on the lookout for the best of the best and these three riders will certainly play a part in our future.” Ochowicz said that Flakemore and Senni, both 22 years old, and Rosskopf, 25, will complement the signings for 2015 of Stefan K?ng of Switzerland and Dylan Teuns of Belgium, both of whom raced for the BMC Development Team this season. “All of these fine young athletes fit with our strategy of bringing younger riders into the BMC Racing Team and helping them reach their potential.” Specific details of their contracts were not made public in keeping with the team’s policy. Flakemore A Time Trial Specialist On Monday, Flakemore became the fourth Australian to win the world Under 23 individual time trial in the past six years, joining Jack Bobridge (2009), Luke Durbridge (2011) and Damian Howson (2013). His less-than-half-a-second margin of victory over Ryan Mullan (Ireland) was the closest finish in the history of the event as he overcame a nearly 20-second deficit in the final 13 kilometers of the 36.1-km race. “I knew it would be close,” Flakemore said. “I would have been satisfied with the podium after being fourth last year, but winning it was pretty cool.” Flakemore arrives from the Avanti Racing Team and said he is looking forward to teaming with riders like fellow Australian Rohan Dennis, as well as Philippe Gilbert, Greg Van Avermaet and Tejay van Garderen. “I think I can learn a lot from those guys,” he said. “My priority for next year is to get experience and learn how it all works in a WorldTour team. I want to learn as much as possible.” Flakemore also won the prologue of the Tour de l’Avenir this year and was the winner of the individual time trial stage at last year’s Olympia Tour and the Under 23 edition of Th?ringen-Rundfahrt. “He adds significant value to our team in his specialty, which are time trials,” Ochowicz said. Rosskopf Ready To Prove Himself Arriving from the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Rosskopf dueled with BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans in the final kilometer of the queen stage at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in August. His runner-up finish there added to silver medals won in both the road race and the time trial at the Pan-American Championships earlier this year. He also won a stage and the overall at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in April and last year won a stage and the overall of the Paris-Arras Tour, as well as the Stage 4 time trial at the Tour de Beauce. “There will certainly be more pressure to perform next year,” the Decatur, Georgia, native said. “I am excited about the chance to get better and prove myself. I want to take advantage of all the support the BMC Racing Team offers to better myself as a rider. I also want to be there where they need me most. So I hope to play a productive role on the team.” Rosskopf raced the 2012 season for Team Type 1-Sanofi and the past two for the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team. Ochowicz said his climbing and time trial abilities make him a good fit. “He really suits our strategy of allowing new riders to come on board and achieve goals similar to the ones we have,” Ochowicz said. Help In The Climbing Ranks Senni won two climbing stages of the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d’Aosta on the way to a third-place finish overall and the points classification. He also won the Medaglia d’Oro Domenico e Anita Colleoni in his home country and was fourth at both the G.P. Pallo del Recioto and Trofeo Piva Banca Popolare di Vicenza. “Manuel has demonstrated some unique climbing abilities and over the next few years, we hope to further develop him in that aspect,” Ochowicz said. Senni said he is thankful of the experience gained while racing for Team Colpack and its president, Giuseppe Colleoni, and looks forward to showing his value to the BMC Racing Team. “It is one of the best teams in the world, so it is a very big opportunity for me,” he said. “I want to thank Jim Ochowicz and the BMC Racing Team managers who believe in me. I hope to repay them with my performance. The first year I will have to adapt to the professional level, of course. But I hope to achieve what the sport directors tell me and I hope I can get some results.” BMC Racing Team Signings Announced For 2015: Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Campbell Flakemore (AUS), Stefan K?ng (SUI), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Manuel Senni (ITA), Dylan Teuns (BEL).

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