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Team BMC Racing will enter the Tour de France with a squad of climbers, stage hunters, and flat-stage specialists who will ride in support of team leaders Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte.
On Wednesday the team unveiled its nine-man Tour squad, which is comprised of Marcus Burghardt, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Amael Moinard, Michael Schar, Greg Van Avermaet, Brent Bookwalter and co-team leaders van Garderen and Porte.
“We have a diverse group of riders, from seven different nationalities, all of whom will play their role,” said Sports Director Yvon Ledanois in a release.
Ledanois said Van Avermaet and Dennis will go for stage wins, while Burghardt and Schar will protect the team leaders on the flat stages, Ledanois said. Bookwalter, Caruso, and Moinard will help BMC in the mountains.
Porte will act as the team’s road captain, said team general manager Jim Ochowicz. The team’s riders, however, will give equal support to both Porte and van Garderen.
“Richie and Tejay will both receive equal support from the staff and riders within the team structure during the race itself,” Ochowicz said.