Have BMC discovered the magic touch? Cadel Evans and Philippe Gilbert are back to winning ways and apart from Jim Ochowitz’s media gaffs the team has enjoyed a great to the season.
One factor might be Allan Peiper. The Aussie is credited with helping Ryder Hesjedal in the 2012 Giro and was recruited by BMC last year. But skip back almost 30 years to see him as a rider on the Peugeot team and the video clip above shows him as a fledgling road captain with ideas on team management.
“I said, look you’re all a pack of lazy idiots”
“You’ve got to have that killer… it’s got to be winning, not money. The money comes after the winning“
There’s not much more to add to the video itself. Some of what Peiper says might be obvious, these are not the words of Sun Tzu or Baruch Spinoza. But it’s still a perceptive and frank take on the situation of the Peugeot team and the sport as a whole. Even during the middle of a big race he’s got ideas and despite being an outsider – an Aussie on a French team – he’s willing to share and implement them.
It’s almost 20 years ago but Peiper clearly had strong views on team management and its experiences like this are formative.
BMC : 11st victory in 2014 with Evans at #Trentino14.
Last year, same date : 3 victories.
2012 same date : 2.
2011 same date : 2.
— Velobs (@Velobs) April 24, 2014
Some stats to suggest how well BMC are doing. The Peiper effect? Well he’s been in management for several years with Lotto, High Road, Garmin/Slipstream on his roster. As suggested on here before, it should be one of the easiest turnaround stories in the sport given a roster packed with star talent. But maybe some of his Aussie straight-talking is working.
Video credit: the clips are excerpts from the 1985 documentary “The High Life” featuring Robert Millar. It’s the story of Millar and Peiper is only a sideshow, a talking head. It’s rich material and the full DVD is available to buy.