American pro cyclist Tony Cruz left BMC Racing to sign with Rock Racing for 2010. Rock Racing will enable Cruz to compete internationally while still residing in Long Beach, CA with his family. The soon to be 38 year old had his doubts about staying with BMC Racing do to a lack of opportunities such as being unable to race the Tour de France, which Cruz is desire to be a part of before retiring post 2010 season.
“I think they [BMC Racing] can do the Giro or Vuelta, but I’m not 100 percent sure that they’ll be ready to do the Tour. From a staffing standpoint they’re not a ProTour team yet so there’s no guarantee. I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen so I had to pull the plug on that one”, he explained.
Michael Ball, the owner of Rock Racing team, is glad to have Cruz aboard. The two have a long history together, which dates back to Cruz’s late teens. Cruz also recognized the the great partnership they now have going.
Now 1999′s US professional criterium champion – Cruz – has his sights set on domination. He’s made it clear that 2010 will be a lot of hard work put forth on this part.
Info via BikeRadar