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Starting the Giro Countdown! BMC Announces Team

It's never too early, right? Yes, my friends, the Giro is fast approaching. BMC Racing Team announced their roster for the Giro d'Italia today. Which, means it must be almost time to paint the town pink. Or whatever it is that you want to do to celebrate the coming of the Giro. Here is the team that BMC will be bringing to the Italian party:

Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Mathias Frank (SUI), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Taylor Phinney (USA), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Mauro Santambrogio (ITA), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Johann Tschopp (SUI), Danilo Wyss (SUI)

According to the press release this year marks Alessandro Ballan's first evAH Giro d'Italia. Hard to believe, right? Taylor Phinney also makes his début. Thor Hushovd is hoping for a good ride in the prologue to set himself up for a few days in the Maglia Rosa. Marco Pinotti, meanwhile, will try to ride for a top ten in the general classification. If that doesn't work out, Pinotti will chase stage victories.