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by Mark Zalewski
November 17, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Resurrection man: Keagan Girdlestone’s remarkable recovery from a near-fatal crash; Norwegian federation alleges junior rider intentionally struck by police vehicle in Qatar; Thomas Dekker confirms ‘Luigi’ as his Puerto code name; Wiggins breaks media silence at Ghent Six Day; Allan Peiper believes Richie Porte can with the 2017 Tour; Dutch Giro start organisers report loss of 400,000 Euros; Segafredo extends sponsorship for two years; Norma Gimondi running for head of Italian Cycling Federation; ORICA-BikeExchange finalises roster; Mike Creed talks about plans for new team; 100th anniversary of record-breaking ride from Adelaide to Darwin celebrated; 1992 AIS road team documentary.
BMC Performance Manager Allan Peiper said he believes Richie Porte has what it takes to win the Tour de France in 2017, and that his crash at the Rio Olympics resulting in a broken collarbone gave him a much-needed rest ahead of next season.
“Obviously we missed him at the end of the season but he finished in the top ten of the points ranking after not racing since the Tour de France which is really good, but I do not see it as being disadvantageous,” said Peiper.
“This year we finished fifth in the Tour de France, some bad luck happened on the first day and we lost a minute and a half, which probably cost him second place. Also with the crash with Chris Froome they lost time and all the rest of it. The big thing for me is that as a team we now know and we believe that he can now win the Tour de France, if you can finish second, you can finish first.”
A change in tactics for the team in 2017 will be having only one leader, instead of the multiple options as in the past, including a Porte-Van Garderen duo leadership this year.
“We are building a team that focuses on him, he is the only leader and I think the most important thing which is critical is that Richie believes it – everything needs to go perfectly to win the Tour de France.”
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