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BMC Racing announce team to support Richie Porte's bid for yellow

Joseph Delves
23 Jun 2017

Tipped as the only rider capable of beating Chris Froome, will Richie's Porte's BMC Racing have the strength to overcome Team Sky?

BMC Racing have announced the squad that will support Richie Porte as he attempts to topple Chris Froome (Team Sky) at the Tour de France. Traditionally thought of as a Classics squad, BMC nevertheless has a large enough budget, and corresponding roster of riders, to also do a pretty good impression of a Grand Tour team when needed.

With such a solid chance of taking the yellow jersey in the form of Porte, the team are almost certain to forsake the chance to chase individual stages.

Normally allowed a long leash, Classics winner and stage-hunter Greg Van Avermaet might find himself pushed into a supporting role.

As will several of the other breakaway specialists that are heading to France. They’ll provide cover on the flatter stages, as the team seek to control the race.

In the mountains Porte will rely on Nicolas Roche and Damiano Caruso to help him along, and the latter recently finished second overall at the Tour de Suisse.

One rider that won’t be travelling to France is Rohan Dennis. A soloist, who's also a strong stage racer, he’ll be absent from the team following a crash at the earlier Giro d'Italia, where he was BMC Racing’s leading rider.

Despite going well at the recent Tour de Suisse, where he won both individual time trials, Dennis ruled himself out.

'I just want to clarify that it was my decision to not start the Tour de France. Due to recent crashes I simply won't be at the level needed.'

His role will be filled by Stefan Küng, another talented time triallist, who recently won the Swiss National Championship.

Home to a host of great time triallists, BMC Racing will be ruing the lack of a team time trial from this year’s race as they seek to put distance between themselves and Team Sky.

Tour de France 2017: BMC Racing line-up

Damiano Caruso (Ita)
Alessandro De Marchi (Ita)
Stefan Küng (Sui)
Amaël Moinard (Fra)
Richie Porte (Aus)
Nicolas Roche (Irl)
Michael Schar (Sui)
Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)
Danilo Wyss (Sui)