Dennis and Roche head up BMC Racing Team's ambitions at the Giro d'Italia
Rohan Dennis and Nicolas Roche.are BMC's two riders focussing on the overall classification
"Our first goal comes on day one with the time trial," said Sports Director Maximilian Sciandri. "It's a technical course, lots of turns, and a good time trial profile for Rohan Dennis. We want to start the Giro d'Italia with a good result there and then move on to our other objectives. In terms of the General Classification, Rohan is motivated to see how far he can go and we plan to take things week by week."
"There are quite a few uphill finishes in the first ten days so we will know more by then and of course, the time trial from Trento is also a good one for him. Nicolas Roche also has General Classification ambitions and is looking to see where he can end up. After the Mount Etna stage in the first week, we will see how Nicolas is going."
Other riders will also be competing to take stage victories. "Stage wins will be a big focus for us and we have riders suited to many different stages," Sciandri explained. "In Jürgen Roelandts and Jempy Drucker, we have two fast sprinters who can do well in a reduced bunch sprint or from a breakaway.
"Alessandro De Marchi is a proven breakaway specialist and he is coming out of the Ardennes Classics in good shape, while Francisco Ventoso brings a wealth of experience and will be our road captain throughout the race."
BMC Racing Team's lineup for the 101st Giro d'Italia
Alessandro De Marchi