The International Cycling Union (UCI) has granted the BMC Racing Team wild card status for the 2010 season.
This means the US-registered Professional Continental team has the right to be invited to races on both the UCI ProTour and Historic Monuments of Cycling calendars.
“This was critical to fulfilling our central goals, not only for 2010 but also into the future,” said Jim Ochowicz, BMC Racing Team president. “It paves the way for an ambitious schedule of racing.”
The Santos Tour Down Under from 19-24 January is the first event on the 2010 UCI ProTour road calendar. BMC will field a seven-member squad drawn from a roster that includes world road champion Cadel Evans and US road champion George Hincapie.
“We expect to be competitive in every race we enter, whether it’s a one-day classic, a one-week stage race or a Grand Tour,” said BMC’s director sportif John Lelangue. “All the pieces are in place for this team to get the most out of its talent – be it in Europe, the United States or anywhere in the world.”
As a wild card team, BMC will participate in the UCI’s biological passport program by contributing to the funding of the project and providing whereabouts documentation for testing riders.