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by Shane Stokes
March 3, 2018
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The planned participation of Tour de France contender Richie Porte in Tirreno-Adriatico has been scuppered, leading to a rethink by his BMC Racing Team. “Richie Porte developed an upper respiratory infection after Volta ao Algarve which forced him to miss the best part of a week’s training,” said the team’s chief medical officer Dr. Max Testa.
“Given Tirreno-Adriatico was one of Richie’s goal races this season, it did not make sense to line up when his preparation was far from ideal. Richie and the BMC Racing Team management and medical team agreed that it was in his best interests to miss Tirreno-Adriatico and adjust his race program, in order to recover properly.”
In Porte’s absence, the team has adopted a multi-focussed approach to the race. Damiano Caruso and Rohan Dennis have been suggested as possible GC contenders by directeur sportif Max Sciandri, who also suggests Dennis will chase a strong result in the final time trial. He won that last year en route to a final GC position of second overall.
“I’m looking forward to going back to Tirreno-Adriatico next week,” said the Australian. “One main goal of the team will be to win the opening team time trial again, and we are motivated to do that. For me, the individual time trial will, of course, be another target and I hope to repeat my success from last year. In between the two, we will see what happens.”
Greg Van Avermaet will also be a protected rider, and Sciandri believes ‘a couple of stages’ should suit the Belgian. “we know [he] is in good shape and is always motivated to do well.” The team will be completed by Alberto Bettiol, Patrick Bevin, Stefan Küng and Michael Schär.