BMC back van Garderen as long term Tour de France leader despite Richie Porte rumours

BMC manager Jim Ochowicz says Tejay van Garderen has nothing to prove and insists he is the team's ongoing Tour de France leader

Tejay Van Garderen and Jim Ochowicz before the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Watson)

BMC Racing have backed Tejay van Garderen as their ongoing Tour de France team leader amid reports of Grand Tour aspirant Richie Porte leaving Sky for the squad next season.

Van Garderen entered the Tour with podium ambitions that are on track despite the American slipping from second to third overall after stage 14 on Saturday, and before the race hits the Alps.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.