When a trade team sponsor ponies up the cash to also sponsor a race’s classification jersey, and then comes up with a one-off design by an avant garde graffiti artist, you can be sure riders from the team are going to put in an extra effort to take it.
That was the case for BMC Racing‘s Floris Gerts Sunday during stage 1 at the Tour of California. Tag Hauer, a BMC sponsor, also sponsors the race’s best young rider jersey, which was designed by Los Angeles artist Alec Monopoly.
Gerts, 25, made sure he was in the day’s breakaway, taking enough intermediate time bonuses to place him at the top of the heap of young riders.
“Before the start we had this jersey as a goal, because it’s made by Assos, which is another new sponsor for our team this year. I’m happy to succeed in taking this jersey for tomorrow.”
Gerts joined BMC from the Rabobank Development Team in 2016 and took his first pro win that season at the Volta Limburg in his home country of the Netherlands. His best result so far this season is 12th overall at the Dubai Tour.
Despite his success in taking the jersey and fulfilling one of the team’s ambitions on the first day, Gerts said he’s not targeting the final jersey at the end of the week.
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