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by Mark Zalewski
January 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Ewan, Allen victorious on stage 3 of the Bay Crits; Scandolara, Bibby win overall; Clearing obstacles: Kaitie Antonneau’s journey from depression to self-acceptance; Thomas Dekker’s former manager alleges extortion in lawsuit; Belgian cyclocross championship course controversy; Niels Albert responds sharply to course modification furor; Laurens Sweeck questionable for Belgian championships; Talansky breaks thumb in training crash; Porte to headline BMC’s Tour Down Under squad; Paris-Nice unveils 2017 course; Wiggins joins winter sports-based reality TV show; Dutch cycling beer coming to Tour Down Under; Video: Aqua Blue Sport Pro Cycling; Jens Voigt ‘Everests’ Teufelsberg Hill for charity.
Two-time Tour Down Under runner-up Richie Porte is set to headline BMC Racing Team’s roster as the UCI WorldTour begins. Porte, who finished second overall in 2015 and 2016, and has three stage wins on Willunga Hill, is hoping to again start the season with a good result.
Courtesy: BMC Racing Team
“I love racing in Adelaide and having already been on the podium twice, I’d like to start the year with a good result at the Santos Tour Down Under and hopefully go one better,” he said. “I’ve had a particularly long off season since Rio so I’m ready to get back to racing. I have a strong team by my side and as an Australian it’s great to have all of the support from fans.”
“I’ve won on Willunga Hill on three occasions, so why not go for the fourth? The atmosphere on Willunga Hill is as good as any race in Europe, so I’m excited to get back there and test my legs.”
“Richie is in good shape for this time of the year and is motivated, so it is important that we bring a solid team to help him go for a good result,” said sport director Fabio Baldato. “We have former winner Rohan Dennis and new recruit Miles Scotson who, coming from Adelaide, know the roads well.
Damiano Caruso, Amaël Moinard, Danilo Wyss and Francisco Ventoso complete the team.