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.
Will Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen be stronger together with BMC, or are their skills and ambitions too similar for just one team?
Richie Porte joins BMC Racing to provide the team with an additional GC candidate across one-week stage races and grand tours for 2016