Having recently confirmed that BMC will continue its title sponsorship and FrieslandCampina’s sports nutrition brand Vifit Sport becomes the new name sponsor – the BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace has now outlined its targets and presented its team roster for 2018.
It was a decade ago in 2008 that Uplace, as a founding partner, made the first steps into the triathlon world. Since then, the pro triathlon team has continued to grow and has ‘gone from strength to strength to become one of the leading international triathlon projects’.
Team CEO, Bob De Wolf, said “It is amazing to look back and see where we have come from. It is fantastic to be able to continue building on such a great project. I am elated with the continued support from BMC Switzerland for next season and the new partnership with Vifit Sport for 2018, 2019 and 2020. This is another milestone for the team and enables us to further develop and to create a real legacy in the triathlon sport.
“FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies with an exceptional knowledge and expertise in the dairy and protein industry. The importance of the right recovery and the right nutrition plays a crucial role in the daily life of our athletes. We are therefore extremely pleased to be able to start working with Vifit Sport.”
De Wolf also emphasized the importance of the long term partnership with BMC Switzerland. “The continuation of the cooperation with BMC is the result of a successful and very constructive partnership over the last five years. Thanks to the undivided support of BMC we have been able to further develop and become one of the leading long distance triathlon projects in the world. The BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team aims to continue to be one of the most successful and sustainable triathlon teams in the world.”
Target: medal at IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii
“It is our ultimate ambition to win the World Championship IRONMAN in Hawaii over the coming years,” said De Wolf. “Emma Pallant finished second at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship this season and Liz Blatchford has been on the podium in Kona twice. I know these are extremely ambitious targets, but in the long run I strongly believe we have the operational set up, the support of fantastic partners and the quality in the team to do so.”
Troy de Haas, Head of Sport at BMC Switzerland, added, “We have thoroughly enjoyed a close partnership with our professional triathlon team over the past five years, and we are extremely proud of their rise on the world triathlon stage. Supporting this group of individual athletes through a team format has proven very effective and efficient – and mirrors our approach across all our professional racing teams as extensions of the global BMC Switzerland family. Their feedback enables us to innovate and maintain our position of producing the world’s fastest Time Trial bike, the BMC TimeMachine. We are excited to see what successes this extraordinary group of sporting talent brings in 2018!”
Lesley Cordial, Director Sports Nutrition of Vifit Sport, added: “We are very excited about entering into this partnership with our Vifit Sport brand as we truly believe in the shared values of the team and in developing the knowledge and benefits of high-protein nutrition. The world of triathlon is growing really fast and we want to make our contribution to both lifting the current team to the highest level of performance as well as supporting the next generation of triathletes. We are really looking forward to the 2018 season and take great pride in working together with the full team to help achieve their ambitious targets for the coming years.
Team line-up confirmed
BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team CEO, Bob De Wolf said “With a total of 23 victories this season including wins at Challenge Roth, IRONMAN Lanzarote and IRONMAN Malaysia and 39 podium places including a second place at the IM 70.3 World Championship the results have been outstanding.
“It was our clear ambition to be a leading team in long distance triathlon and I am incredibly pleased with what our athletes and staff have achieved this year. We continue to set out very ambitious targets for the years to come and I am therefore very proud and pleased with the team line up we have confirmed for next year.
Confirmed 2018 team athletes are: Bart Aernouts (BEL), Liz Blatchford (AUS), Will Clarke (UK), Maurice Clavel (GER), Chris Leiferman (USA), Patrik Nilsson (SWE) Emma Pallant (UK) and Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI).”
The cooperation with Romain Guillaume and Amelia Watkinson will come to an end at the end of this season. Bob De Wolf added “Romain has been in the team for four seasons and has played an instrumental part in what we have been able to achieve over those four years. Both Amelia and Romain have been fantastic to work with and we are very grateful for what they have done for the team.”
One new face in the team
Chris Leiferman is the new face in the team and will join the BMC-Vifit Sport Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace from next season onwards. De Wolf added “Chris Leiferman is one of the most exciting talents on the long distance triathlon scene and we strongly believe in his potential. Chris had a real breakthrough year in 2016 winning IM Mont Tremblant and IM 70.3 Austin. We are incredibly proud and excited to work with such a line-up of talent next season.”