Porte and van Garderen team up for Tour de Romandie
Tour de Romandie is the next World Tour event in the calendar and it will start tomorrow, April 26th, with a 4 KM prologue. The race has 5 stages apart from the prologue and will most likely be decided in stages 3 and 4 which are an Individual Time Trial and a mountain stage respectively.
BMC will bring Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen and will look for a good performance in the General Classification for both riders.
This race is very important for BMC as Sports Director Yvon Ledanois explains:
“With a Swiss title sponsor in BMC Switzerland, the Tour de Romandie is a home race for us so we are motivated to do well. In addition, it is an important race for any Tour de France contender so with Richie and Tejay there we are going in with a strong and determined team. I’m confident that we can get a good result,” Ledanois said.
For Porte and van Garderen the Tour de Romandie will be another opportunity to work together in preparation for their Tour de France collaboration. They are both excited with this prospect:
“We raced for the first time at Vuelta a Catalunya and showed that we could really ride well as a team, so I’m going in motivated for Tour de Romandie knowing that it is one of the first big tests of the season.” Porte said.
“We’ve just come out of altitude training so a race like Tour de Romandie is the perfect chance to put this training to the test. Richie and I have a strong team supporting us and with the two of us together I think we can show what we can do.” van Garderen confirmed.
BMC line-up for Tour de Romandie: Tom Bohli (SUI), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Richie Porte (AUS), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Peter Velits (SVK), Danilo Wyss (SUI).