BMC Racing announce riders who will help Richie Porte to try and win Tour de France

Greg Van Avermaet, Simon Gerrans and Tejay van Garderen among eight-man BMC squad for the Tour

Richie Porte at the 2018 Tour de Suisse (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Richie Porte will be backed-up by a "strong and experienced" set of riders at the Tour de France 2018, as he finally looks to land a Grand Tour victory.

Porte has shown fine form in the build-up to the Tour, thriving in the week long stage races as he has done throughout his a career, including winning the Tour de Suisse earlier this month.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).