Starts With Individual Time Trial
The four-stage race begins Wednesday with a 10-kilometer individual time trial. The longest of the three other road stages through the flat, desert climate is 162 kilometers. “Nobody really knows what to expect but we go there with high objectives,” Sciandri said. “We want to target the time trial with Taylor Phinney, without forgetting we also have Steve Cummings, Thor Hushovd and Peter Velits. We also have Thor for the sprints and Taylor has been trying himself in those, too, I saw at the Tour de San Luis.” Hushovd, the reigning Norwegian national road champion, said he after a restful off-season, he is coming off a solid block of training at the team’s camp in Spain. “I want to see how my form starts,” the reigning Norwegian national road champion said. “If I can win a nice race at the beginning of the year, it’s good and takes a bit of the pressure off.” Velits – the reigning Slovakian national time trial champion – said he is anxious to test himself in his first race for the BMC Racing Team. “The stages seem to be flat, so the time trial will be very important for the GC (general classification) contenders,” he said. “I can’t really say how I will do because the first races in my case are always very unsure. But I will try my best and be helpful for the team. I feel very good in the team and there’s always a good mood, which is important.”
Download the official roster card (PDF with line-up, bios, statistics, etc.):
BMC Racing Team Dubai Tour Roster (Feb. 5-8)
Stephen Cummings (GBR), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Sebastian Lander (DEN), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Taylor Phinney (USA), Peter Velits (SVK), Rick Zabel (GER).
Jim Ochowicz (USA)
Max Sciandri (ITA)
Roger Palfreeman (GBR)
Mechanics: Jean-Marc Vandenberghe (BEL), Georg Van Oudenhove (BEL). Press Officer: Isaura Van Lancker (BEL). Soigneurs: Chris De Vos (BEL), Anthony Lafourte (BEL), Filip Sercu (BEL).