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by Matt de Neef
November 21, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Richie Porte to be BMC’s sole leader for the 2017 Tour de France; Philippe Gilbert ordered to repay 300,000 Euros to Omega Pharma-Lotto; Koksijde CX World Cup cancelled due to dangerous winds; Miles Scotston signs with BMC; Brazilian Pro Continental team suspended after three positive tests; Mikel Landa to again focus on the Giro in 2017; Peter Sagan hasn’t ruled out MTBing in 2017; Man charged after injuring cyclist in West Melbourne hit-and-run; $1.3 million in fines for NSW cyclists since new laws introduced in March; When the supertuck goes wrong; Huge crowds at the Tour du Rwanda.
The BMC Racing Team appears to be throwing its support behind Richie Porte as the team’s sole leader for next year’s Tour de France. The team’s performance manager Allan Peiper told Fairfax Media that he believes Porte can win next year’s race.
“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,” Peiper said. “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.”
Rather than going into the race with a dual-leader strategy — as BMC did in 2016 Porte and Tejay Van Garderen — the team will throw everything behind the Tasmanian in 2017: “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.”
Porte is currently in training for the Australian summer of racing with an eye on the Tour Down Under — a race he wants to win overall.
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