BMC Racing confident Richie Porte will be able to cope with Paris-Roubaix cobbles at Tour de France

Team plays down the GC importance of the Mûr de Bretagne on stage six

Richie Porte leads a chase group across the line on stage one of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The next big day at the Tour de France will be Sunday’s Roubaix stage — that was the prediction of BMC Racing sports director Fabio Baldato after his riders finished safely in the bunch on stage four.

With Greg Van Avermaet in yellow and an ultimate goal of placing Richie Porte on the podium, the team have plenty to think about, with cobbles being at the top of the list.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

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A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.