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by Shane Stokes
November 29, 2017
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Motivation dented after Orica-Scott passed him over for Tour selection, Simon Gerrans has said that he considered retirement but a call from Richie Porte led to him signing for the BMC Racing Team and thus continuing his career.
“Richie was the first guy to contact me from the team. I was more flattered than anything else; that he saw I could be a valuable contributor to his season and Tour de France campaign,” Gerrans told the Herald Sun. “Once he’d spoken to a few people in management at BMC they saw what value I could bring to the team and they were pretty quickly on-board. I thought ‘Yep, this is the right thing to do’.”
Porte described Gerrans as ‘a good mate’ and ‘one of the most level-headed guys in the peloton.’ The latter’s role will be to act as a road captain and to help Porte try to win the Tour de France, but he will get his own chances too.
“It’s a really exciting prospect to be there for Richie as much as I can in the stage races and then have a few one-day races that I can have a crack at. When you get that reassurance from a team that you can still go for those races and you get the support of the organisation behind you, they are the ingredients to win big races. So I think I can still win at the highest level.”
Gerrans is 37 years of age. His career successes include Milan San Remo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, two stages in the Tour de France and four editions of the Santos Tour Down Under.
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