Richie Porte to captain a strong BMC at the Tour de Suisse
Jun 06 2018 04:39 pm CET

Richie Porte to captain a strong BMC at the Tour de Suisse
Richie Porte to captain a strong BMC at the Tour de Suisse
Photo of Richie Porte © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Richie Porte (BMC) is set to start in the Tour de Suisse for the first time as the last step of his preparation ahead of the Tour de France.

The Australian will compete for the first time since April and his objective is to fight for the overall classification at the Swiss race. "I'm excited to race Tour de Suisse for the first time," Porte said. "This year, with the change in calendar, the Tour de Suisse was a good fit for my Tour de France preparation and I think the nine stages will give us a good indication of my form. I like the look of the race and I think the team time trial will be a good way to get things started.

"I'm feeling good and have put a few solid weeks of training in since Tour de Romandie, so I hope to continue my good results in Switzerland. We definitely have one of the strongest teams so I'm looking forward to what I'm sure will be an aggressive race, and hope to come out of it with a lot of confidence before we turn our attention to the Tour de France."

BMC is fielding a strong team for the race. "The Tour de Suisse is a very important race for BMC Racing Team and this year, we are lining up with one of the strongest teams we have ever taken to a stage race," said Sports Director Fabio Baldato.

"The race serves as the final preparation before the Tour de France so we will naturally be supporting Richie Porte for the General Classification.

"Richie is motivated and has been training well since the Tour de Romandie so we are looking forward to seeing how he goes. We know that Tejay van Garderen is in good shape after California, as is Alessandro De Marchi, who is coming from the Giro d'Italia, and Simon Gerrans, who showed good form at Hammer Limburg, so these three riders will be there to support Richie on the key General Classification days."

BMC Racing Team's roster for the Tour de Suisse (9th to 17th of June):

Alessandro De Marchi
Simon Gerrans
Stefan Kung
Richie Porte
Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Tejay van Garderen




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