Richie Porte Excited By Team Leader Role For BMC Pro Cycling

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 (AFP) - Tasmanian Richie Porte says he is excited to finally have the chance to be a team leader at the Tour de France. The 31-year-old will be riding his sixth Tour de France when he takes to the start line on Saturday in the picturesque Mont Saint-Michel, but for the first time he will be riding for himself. Having helped … [Read more...]

Van Garderen Turns To Hand Spray For Tour de France

Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 (AFP) - Tejay Van Garderen has a secret weapon in his bid for Tour de France glory this year: anti-bacterial hand spray. The 27-year-old was lying third on the Tour last year when he was forced to abandon on the 17th stage after falling ill. So this year, he is taking no chances. "I don't shake hands (anymore), I fist-pump. I take that," he said, … [Read more...]

Porte And Van Garderen Get Equal Billing At Tour de France

Paris, June 22, 2016 - Australia's Richie Porte and American teammate Tejay Van Garderen will be given equal billing when the US-backed BMC team launch their assault on the Tour de France. "Richie and Tejay will receive equal support from the team during the race," said team chief Jim Ochowicz who did however confirm the Australian as "road captain". Porte, 31, was recruited by BMC … [Read more...]

Tejay van Garderen Of BMC Racing Team To Open 2016 Season In Spain

Tejay van Garderen will have the chance to test his legs for the first time in 2016 at the upcoming Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia and Clasica de Almeria races. It is the first time that BMC Racing Team will take a team to the two one-day races on February 13 and 14, BMC Racing Team Sports Director, Jackson Stewart said. "They're great races to start the season with. We're sending a … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team Extends Contract With Tejay van Garderen

17 January, 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) BMC Racing Team today announced the extension of Tejay van Garderen's contract beyond 2016, on the eve of the UCI WorldTour season. The team recently confirmed the continuation of BMC Switzerland as title sponsor, which secures the future of BMC Racing Team past the 2016 season. BMC Racing Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the extension … [Read more...]

Van Garderen Withdrawals The Tour de France On Stage 17

Pra-Loup, France, July 22, 2015 - Tejay Van Garderen pulled out of the Tour de France during Wednesday's 161km 17th stage from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup. The 26-year-old American had been sitting third in the overall standings at 3min 32sec back from race leader Chris Froome. But only 60km into the first Alpine stage of the race, Van Garderen started to struggle and lost touch … [Read more...]

Quintana Pressures Froome, As Geschke Wins Tour de France Stage 17

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Pra-Loup, France, July 22, 2015 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana repeatedly tested Tour de France leader Chris Froome as German Simon Geschke won Wednesday's 161km 17th stage from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup. Quintana first accelerated inside the opening 50km, again on the imposing Col d'Allos and then had two more goes on the final 6.2km climb to … [Read more...]

Thomas Survives A Insane Crash, As Plaza Wins Tour de France Stage 16

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Gap, France, July 20, 2015 (AFP) - Britain's Geraint Thomas survived a terrifying crash on a hair-raising descent as Ruben Plaza won Monday's 16th stage of the Tour de France. Chris Froome finished in an elite group of favourites to maintain his 3min 10sec lead over Nairo Quintana but his teammate Thomas came close to disaster on the … [Read more...]

Froome Puts On A Climbing Clinic At Tour de France Stage 10

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN La Pierre-Saint Martin, France, July 14, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome savagely ripped the heart out of his Tour de France competition on Tuesday by streaking to victory on the first mountain stage of this year's race. The 30-year-old Briton, who started the day in yellow, blitzed one rival after another before coming home alone at the end of … [Read more...]

Consistency Remains The Key For BMC’s Tejay Van Garderen

Pau, France, July 13, 2015 (AFP) - Tejay Van Garderen said consistency will be the key for him to maintain his surprising challenge for the Tour de France yellow jersey. After nine stages, the 26-year-old American has found himself second overall at just 12sec from race leader Chris Froome, the 2013 champion. And while Van Garderen maintains he has a modest aim to finish on … [Read more...]