Richie Porte is a co-leader alongside Tejay van Garderen on BMC Racing this season, a role he says comes with added pressure.
Gallery: Richie Porte Attacks on Stage 5
Richie Porte (BMC) kicked away from the field on Willunga as Gerrans fought to retain his overall lead by 8 seconds
Pairing of Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte has BMC aiming for outright Tour victory
BMC has a long list of 2016 objectives, but the most eyebrow-raising is the Tour de France, which it hopes to win in 2016.
Several top Australian riders will race the Santos Tour Down Under, scheduled for January 19-24.
Though Richie Porte has little success as a grand tour leader, BMC insists the Tasmanian can deliver on cycling's biggest stages.
General manager Jim Ochowicz tells VeloNews the "1-2 punch" will help the team's chances in the race for yellow next summer.
Vincenzo Nibali and Mark Cavendish are two of several top riders who will compete at the inaugural four-day race.
After starting out with a bang, the 2015 trading season has cooled off with no major moves announced yet a the WorldTour level.