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"I dream of the Olympics. I know there's only room for five riders in Rio, but I hope the coach won't overlook me. The course must suit me. A grueling day race with lots of climbing. I excel in the heat. I hope to be there."

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20.12.2015 @ 08:30 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

In addition to Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert, three Belgian will wear the BMC colours in 2016. Ben Hermans is ambitious for the start of the season. "I hope for a selection for the road race in Rio." Loïc Vliegen and Dylan Teuns mainly want to gain experience and support Philippe Gilbert in the Walloon classics.


With a win in the Brabantse Pijl and stage wins in the Tour of Yorkshire and the Artic Race of Norway, Ben Hermans has had a great season. A crash in late August then threw aspanner in the works. The BMC rider broke two vertebrae. "That was not an easy time," he told Sporza at the team presentation.


"I have a little pain, but I do not think I have missed a lot of training . I have the same test values ​​as last year so I'm not worried. I would obviously like to win some races again but I prefer not to name mention any specific events here.


"I want to be good in the Ardennes, that's ovious. With a leader like Gilbert, you can have few personal goals. Like last season I just want to fulfill my role as a domestqiue and if the leader fails, I can take over his job. Occasionally I do hope to have a protected status and to be the leader. I want to have more chances in one-week stage races. They are made for me-


"I dream of the Olympics. I know there's only room for five riders in Rio, but I hope the coach won't overlook me. The course must suit me. A grueling day race with lots of climbing. I excel in the heat. I hope to be there."


Vliegen will have his first full year as a professional in 2016 but recently underwent heart surgery.


"My heart problem was very bad news, but I was also glad to know why I sometimes performed badly. The problem was solved.


"Normally I have to be ready for the Walloon classics. Then I should get selected. I want to help others. In that way, you gain experience and learn a lot."


For Teuns, it is the second year at the pro level.


"My season will start in Dubai and then I will work towards the Walloon classics. My favorite raceis Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In those race I have to assist Philippe. Then I also hope to get my own chance somewhere.


"Last year I was near the front until 200m from the finish at Flèche Wallonne. I am proud of that. The world's top riders make the difference in the last meters. My dream is to one day also be able to compete with them all the way the end but I do not want to skip any steps. BMC is a top team, but it gives me no fear. I keep working hard."



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