All Fill Important Roles
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said while the five have different responsibilities and skill sets, they all fill important roles critical to the successes of the team. “Having raced for us before, they know our patterns, our system, and they understand our racing style,” he said. “They fulfill an important need we have so our leaders can count on their skills to improve their results.” Bookwalter won the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar on the way to finishing second overall there and also runner-up overall at the Tour of Alberta. The 29-year-old also won silver medals in the time trial and road race at the USA Cycling national championships, competed in the Tour de France and helped teammate Tejay van Garderen win the Amgen Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge. Burghardt, 30, was part of breakaways on three consecutive stages on the way to winning the king of the mountains classification at the Tour de Romandie. The German also finished his sixth Tour de France in as many starts and helped win the team classification at the Tour of Alberta. Eijssen earned a career-best, third-place finish on Stage 5 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah that also won him “most aggressive rider” honors. The 24-year-old Belgian also finished his second straight Vuelta a España in as many starts. Kohler, 28, won a bronze medal at the Swiss national road championship and was fourth on Stage 18 of the Vuelta a España – a career-best result in a grand tour stage. The past Swiss national road (2012) and time trial (2011) champion also helped Thor Hushovd win two stages and the overall at the Arctic Race of Norway. Wyss, 28, registered a dozen top 10 finishes, including four at the Volta a Catalunya. The Swiss’ 10th-place finish at Ster ZLM Toer was a career-best result at a stage race. Specific terms and other details of the contracts were not released.