Richie Porte makes his debut Saturday for BMC in the Tour of Switzerland (WorldTour). The Australian test the legs for the Tour. He is in the nine-day stage race is excellent surrounded with Greg Van Avermaet, Tejay van Garderen and Simon Gerrans.
“The Tour of Switzerland for the BMC is a very important course and this year we start with one of the best teams ever in a stage race,” says an enthusiastic directeur sportif Fabio Baldato. “This is the ultimate preparation for the Tour and of course we’re supporting Richie Porte for the general classification. Richie is motivated and has trained well since the Tour de Romandie (where he is at the end of april third was red).”
“Greg Van Avermaet rode well in the Hammer Series, and a few trips to him. We have several trump cards in the nine days, a nice result to get,” says Baldato, who Saturday during the first competitiedag immediately hopes to score in the team time trial.
Selection of BMC:
Alessandro De Marchi (Ita), Simon Gerrans (Aus), Stefan Kung (Swi), Richie Porte (Aus), Michael Schär (Swi), Greg Van Avermaet, Tejay van Garderen (Usa)