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Max Sciandri leaves British Cycling to join BMC Racing

Max Sciandri
As a rider Sciandri enjoyed stage wins at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia

Max Sciandri, academy director of British Cycling, has left to join the professional BMC Racing Team.

Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas are among the British talents Anglo-Italian Sciandri has helped nurture.

Since retiring from racing in 2004 the 43-year-old has been working with British Cycling as head coach of the Under-23 Men's Endurance Academy.

In his new role as assistant director at BMC he will be responsible for developing the team's younger riders.

Sciandri spent 16 years as a professional and won a road race bronze medal for Great Britain at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, as well as taking stage wins in the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.

He has also had a role with Team Sky this season, through its links with British Cycling.

Sciandri's new job reunites him with Jim Ochowicz, a former Motorola team-mate who is now president of BMC Racing.

"He's [Ochowicz] clear, honest, correct and professional. Cycling needs a few more people like him to get things sorted out," said Sciandri.

"I also like the way the team has come out quietly - not shouting things out that they are going to do."

Ochowicz said: "He'll be working with our younger riders, while scouting for potential new signings that are coming out of the international pool of Under-23 athletes."

Sciandri's experience in developing young British riders will be put to good use at BMC Racing, whose riders include 2009 world champion Cadel Evans, 2008 world champion Alessandro Ballan and multiple US champion George Hincapie.

As part of its aim for developing younger riders, BMC Racing has signed both Taylor Phinney and Timothy Roe from Trek-Livestrong, as well as a host of other riders.

BMC have applied for a ProTeam licence for 2011 with the International Cycling Union.

If they are successful they will automatically be guaranteed entry to all the top races, including the three grand tours; the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.

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