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On the strength of a vicious attack on Torrens Hill BMC Racing Team's Rohan Dennis soloed to victory and into the race lead Thursday at the Santos Tour Down Under. His BMC Racing Team teammate Cadel Evans finished second. 

Team's First Win of 2015
Dennis crossed the finish line three seconds ahead of his teammate Cadel Evans and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). Although the hour record contender had to switch plans in the final, he is very satisfied with his win and the overall lead. "The plan for me was to attack at the bottom of the Torrens Hill climb to put the pressure on Richie Porte (Team Sky) and the other contenders and let Cadel just sit back", Dennis said. "Obviously I was too far behind to actually follow that plan." Winning in front of his home country's crowd Dennis also takes the first BMC Racing Team's win of the season.

One-Two overall classifications 
The 143.2 km stage that was marked by a four man breakaway that gained a freedom of maximum 3 minutes 30 seconds. The last remaining attacker was caught heading to the 1.2 km final climb. BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans who is now second overall, 7 seconds behind his teammate Dennis, is happy how it worked really well for the BMC Racing Team today. "We had a plan on covering on two bases, but of course I also want to be able to lend a favor to my teammates where I can and where it's favorable", Evans said. "We had Rohan and Peter ready to do an attack anywhere where they could and it worked out really well for us." With three more days to go Evans remains the team leader Dennis said: "Obviously we are both protected riders but Cadel is still a leader in my eyes." 

Notes 
Besides the overall classification (Ochre jersey), Dennis also leads the Subaru King of the mountain and the Cycle Instead young rider classification. While his BMC Racing Team teammate Cadel Evans, second overall, tops the Iinet sprint classification. The BMC Racing Team leads the Virgin Australia winning team classification after stage 3 in Santos Tour Down Under. 
Rohan Dennis will attempt the Hour Record on Sunday 8 February at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen. 

Listen to comments from Evans and Dennis on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line http://bit.ly/1E14xIb

power2max and Etixx - Quick-Step announce that the team will race with the power2max Type S in 2015. 

power2max will provide the Etixx - Quick-Step Team with the power2max Type S K-Force Light BB386 Evo power meter for the 2015 season. Based on the feature “designed2fit” the Type S K-Force Light power meter is highly compatible with almost every road bike frame and perfectly fits with the Specialized S-Works models as well as it is one of the lightest and stiffest spider based power meters on the market.

Starting with the Tour de San Louis (Argentina, 19th – 25th of January) six Etixx – Quick-Step riders, among them the World Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) and Mark Cavendish (United Kingdom) will race with the power2max Type S BB386 Evo for the first time, followed by the Santos Tour Down Under (Australia, 20th to 25th of January), where another seven athletes of the team will fight for the first victories of the year.

“It is a big compliment for such a young brand like us that Etixx - Quick-Step has chosen power2max to be the team’s power meter. With the power2max Type S K-Force Light we provide a very precise and highly reliable power meters to the Team riders. We’re convinced that with our Type S they can perform at their best and of course, we are already curious to see all those famous riders, like the World Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish and Tony Martin, race with power2max.” comments Julia Leenders, power2max Marketing & Communication Manager 

“We are very excited to start this partnership with power2max as our technical partner for power meters” Etixx – Quick-Step Sport and Development manager Rolf Aldag said. “In a short time since their inception, power2max have already built up a good reputation. Etixx – Quick-Step is always focused on performance and committed to technology. We feel that power2max shares the same values that guide our activities day-by-day. Science and a technological approach is becoming more and more important in cycling. Thanks to the support of power2max our technical and training staff will be able to monitor the workout of our athletes and provide them with the best training program, as well as analyze their effort during competition, and give them the right feedback to perform at the top.”

Etixx – Quick-Step always has a strong bond with their fans, and has made engagement with supporters a main focus of the team. Etixx – Quick-Step proudly announces that they are taking this dedication to the fans a step further, by live streaming the 2015 Official Team Presentation!

The Etixx – Quick-Step “Velodrome Showcase” live stream will begin at 8 pm January 14th, and the event will be held at the track named after Belgian Cycling Legend Eddy Merckx at the Vlaams Wielercentrum in Gent (Belgium). This year the live stream will be opened by a speech from CEO Patrick Lefevere and will last approximately one hour. The live stream will feature the 2015 Etixx - Quick-Step riders being presented on the track one-by-one. The live stream will be closed by the first Elimination race.

“For our fans who bought venue tickets of course the show will be longer by a couple of hours," Lefevere said. "The fans who have tickets for the Tribune will have a great time, as they have in the first years. But for us it was also important to give our fans that are not based in Belgium the possibility to follow at least their favorite riders for the first hour online. We’d like to give our international supporters the feeling they are there with us as we introduce our team for the upcoming season.”

However, fans all around the world can also follow the team presentation live on the team social channels, such as Twitter, and will also find a short recap with pictures at the end of the show on team website. Stay tuned tomorrow at 8 pm CET and enjoy this evening with all of us at Etixx – Quick-Step.

Thomas De Gendt showed himself and the Lotto Soudal colours during the second stage of the Tour Down Under, from Unley to Stirling. The Belgian rider was part of a three-man breakaway, but the peloton didn’t let them take the win. Still, De Gendt has some souvenirs. After the stage he received the KOM jersey and the jersey of most competitive rider.

KOM
After twelve kilometres the breakaway was formed. Thomas De Gendt had the company of Cameron Meyer and Campbell Flakemore. Their maximal advantage was 3’55” after 62 kilometres. IAM, Sky and UniSA, the team of leader Jack Bobridge, set the pace in the bunch. Thomas De Gendt won the two intermediate sprints and took the maximal points at the KOM. De Gendt has ten points, just as many as Bobridge.

More than 100 kilometres in front
The three wouldn’t battle for the stage win, with about 25 kilometres to go de Gendt, Meyer and Flakemore were reeled in by the peloton. A group of about fifty riders headed to the uphill finish in Stirling. Juan José Lobato was the fastest man of the pack. Daryl Impey was second and Gorka Izagirre third. In the GC Adam Hansen stands on the seventeenth place at thirteen seconds of Jack Bobridge.

Make the race hard
Thomas De Gendt: “We definitely wanted to have someone of our team in the break, because it was possible that it would survive. I tried three times and then I was part of the breakaway. I did think we could make it, but the peloton soon started the chase. The three of us tried to make a hard race of it. Eventually the peloton caught us quite early. At the start of the first local lap of 20 kilometres we had about 2’20” advantage and I still believed in it. Then Flakemore didn’t help anymore, probably for his leader Cadel Evans. Then the peloton got closer really fast and at the end I didn’t push anymore.”

Win the KOM jersey 
“Tomorrow I’ll start in the KOM jersey. At 500 metres of the finish there are sixteen points to gain. If I ride top five, I can keep my jersey. After today that won’t be easy. In the other stages there are definitely other opportunities. In the fourth stage I’ll have to be in the break and probably best in the fifth one as well. It will be difficult to win the KOM jersey, but it’s possible. I will do everything I can.”

Saturday the route of the 70th edition of the Vuelta was announced in Torremolinos. The race starts on Saturday 22nd August in Puerto Banús and finishes on Sunday 13th September in the Spanish capital Madrid. During these three weeks there are nine summit finishes and two time trials.

Team time trial to start
Just like the previous editions the Vuelta starts with a team time trial. This time it’s over a distance of 7.4 kilometres and it takes the riders from Puerto Banús to Marbella. The next day the stage ends on a third category climb. Also the fourth stage finishes uphill, but not on a climb that yields points for the KOM classification. Thursday and Friday there are two more summit finishes, each time on a climb of second category. The stage on Sunday 30th August takes the riders to the first climb of first category, the finish line is drawn there. Tuesday 1st September the riders can enjoy a rest day.

Queen stage in Andorra
Then the riders have a tough week ahead of them. The eleventh stage, in Andorra, is the queen stage. Later that week there are two more finishes on a climb of first category. Just before the second rest day there is a summit finish on a climb hors catégorie. In the final week there is an individual time trial of 39 kilometres. The nineteenth stage finishes in Ávila. In the penultimate stage the peloton has to get over four climbs of first category, the finish lies after the final descent. The final stage, to Madrid, is 93.7 kilometres long. This is one of the few opportunities for sprinters.

For climbers and punchers
Mario Aerts sports director Lotto Soudal: “The organisation chose the same recipe as previous years. I expect nervous finals the first ten days. After the first rest day the queen stage is scheduled. There are six climbs over a distance of only 138 kilometres and about 5000 altitude metres. The hardest part will be the stages between the two rest days. The stages after the second rest day are possibly not tough enough to change the top of GC. There are two definite chances for the sprinters and two other stages that might end with a sprint as well. It’s a Vuelta for climbers and punchers.”

Opportunities for the team
“I see several opportunities for Adam Hansen. He’s someone who can jump away a few kilometres from the end and take the win. An early breakaway could make it on different occasions as well, Adam could be present in one of those. The Vuelta is part of the race programme of Jurgen Van den Broeck this year. After the first rest day he gets on a terrain that suits him, longer climbs and more climbs on one day. Also the time trial in the final week is not bad for him. The Vuelta is still far away, but there will definitely be opportunities for us.”

 

Stages

Stage 1: Saturday 22nd August: Puerto Banús – Marbella (7,4 km) (TTT)
Stage 2: Sunday 23rd August: Alhaurín de la Torre – Caminito del Rey (165 km)
Stage 3: Monday 24th August: Mijas – Málaga (164,6 km)
Stage 4: Tuesday 25th August: Estepona – Vejer de la Frontera (203 km)
Stage 5: Wednesday 26th August: Rota – Alcalá de Guadaira (182 km)
Stage 6: Thursday 27th August: Córdoba – Sierra de Cazorla (204 km)
Stage 7: Friday 28th August: Jódar – La Alpujarra (188,3 km)
Stage 8: Saturday 29th August: Puebla de Don Fadrique – Murcia (188,6 km)
Stage 9: Sunday 30th August: Torrevieja – Cumbre del Sol. Benitachell (168,3 km)
Stage 10: Monday 31st August: Valencia – Castellón (152 km)
Rest day 1: Tuesday 1st September
Stage 11: Wednesday 2nd September: Andorra La Vella – Cortals d’Encamp (138 km)
Stage 12: Thursday 3rd September: Escaldes – Engordany. Andorra-Lleida (172,5km)
Stage 13: Friday 4th September: Calatayud – Tarazona (168 km)
Stage 14: Saturday 5th September: Vitoria – Alto Campoo. Fuente del Chivo (213 km)
Stage 15: Sunday 6th September: Comillas – Sotres. Cabrales (175 km)
Stage 16: Monday 7th September: Luarca – Ermita de Alba. Quiros (184 km)
Rest day 2: Tuesday 8th September
Stage 17: Wednesday 9th September: Burgos – Burgos (39 km) (ITT)
Stage 18: Thursday 10th September: Roa – Riaza (204 km)
Stage 19: Friday 11th September: Medina del Campo – Ávila (185 km)
Stage 20: Saturday 12th September: San Lorenzo de El Escorial -  Cercedilla (181 km)
Stage 21: Sunday 13th September: Alcalá de Henares – Madrid (93,7 km)

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