Richie Porte is keen to team up with Tejay van Garderen at the Tour de France in 2016 having sealed his move to BMC Racing

After weeks of speculation, Richie Porte’s move from Team Sky to BMC Racing was confirmed on Saturday morning as cycling’s transfer window officially opened.

The Tasmanian announced his decision to leave Sky during the Tour de France and BMC has long been mooted as his preferred landing spot.

And while Porte is keen defend his Paris-Nice and Volta a Catalunya titles next year, he believes teaming up with Tejay van Garderen at the Tour de France will provide BMC with a great opportunity to win the race.

“I was close to coming to the BMC Racing Team four years ago,” Porte said. “This time, it was a hard decision, but the right decision. Obviously, Cadel left his legacy with the team. When he was racing, it was almost like it was partially an Australian team.

“There were always so many Aussies at the races with BMC caps on. With them still having Rohan Dennis and Campbell Flakemore  – who is from Tasmania like me – the team still does have a fairly Australian flavour.”

He added: “I want to win races like Paris-Nice and Catalunya again and I think next year at the Tour de France, why not have Tejay van Garderen and me there? We get along well.

“It is exciting to be going to a team where I am going to have so many opportunities for myself to win races.”

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  • Roger Barry

    BMC wants to win the TdF, and they already suspect it won’t happen with Tejay, who tends to give up. Richie hangs tough, Even if he’s ill he soldiers on to help his teammates where he can. Which GC guy would you want to work for?

  • blemcooper

    Perhaps he is planning on being Plan B when van Garderen has his seemingly inevitable “bad day” (hoping his own bad day doesn’t occur first).

  • Aurelio

    I wonder if he knows that his job is Team Leader for other races except the Tour. A US team with a US GC cyclist is not going to give him leadership in the Tour altough his style is better suited to the Tour than Giro or Vuelta.