Porte Aims for Fourth Paris-Nice Podium
Two-time Paris-Nice winner, Richie Porte hopes to repeat his success at the UCI WorldTour stage race when he lines up this Sunday, 5 March.
Porte, who won Paris-Nice in 2013 and 2015 and was third in 2016, will target the General Classification supported by an experienced team, Sports Director Yvon Ledanois said.
“Paris-Nice is the first big goal for Richie since he returned to Europe this season. Richie had a great start to the year at the Santos Tour Down Under and we want to continue this success as we look towards July. As we have already seen, Richie is in a great shape and is really motivated to do well at Paris-Nice, particularly as he has won on two previous occasions,” Ledanois explained.
“We are taking a very strong team with riders like Amaël Moinard, Nicolas Roche and Alessandro De Marchi who will play an important role in the mountain stages. Michael Schär, Danilo Wyss and Francisco Ventoso bring a wealth of road experience, and Dylan Teuns brings additional support on both the flat and the climbs. I’m really confident in Richie and the team.”
After more than a month off racing Richie Porte is eager to return to the start line.
“I’m really motivated to do well at Paris-Nice. It’s my home race in Europe and I’ve won twice before, so a third win would give me a lot of confidence for the next part of the season. I haven’t raced since Australia in January but I’ve had a solid block of training in Tasmania and Monaco, so I’m looking forward to racing again,” Porte said.
Paris-Nice (March 5-12)
Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Richie Porte (AUS), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Michael Schär (SUI), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP), Danilo Wyss (SUI).
Yvon Ledanois (FRA), Valerio Piva (ITA).
BMC Racing Team Head Back to the Start Line in Belgium
BMC Racing Team will head back to the start line in Belgium on Sunday (5 March) for the one-day race, Dwars door West-Vlaanderen.
Sports Director Jackson Stewart said that BMC Racing Team is lining up with a competitive eight-rider roster.
“This is now a one-day race for 2017 with the route the same as the final stage of last year’s race. We were leading the General Classification with Tom Bohli heading into that stage but we had some bad luck and needed to race it a little differently. This year we will be looking to race aggressively.”
“I think riders like Silvan Dillier and Martin Elmiger will be strong finishers as well as Loïc Vliegen, who usually performs well at these style of races. There is an opportunity for everyone really as we have a strong group of riders and we will certainly be racing for a podium result.”
Loïc Vliegen is looking forward to his first race on home soil in 2017.
“I’m really motivated to race back in Belgium for the first time this season. I’ve had some good preparation in Dubai and Abu Dhabi so I’m hoping to produce a positive result for the team this weekend. I’m feeling good right now and I enjoy this style of racing but I am curious to see how my form is after two mostly flat races.”
Dwars door West-Vlaanderen (March 5)
Tom Bohli (SUI), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Martin Elmiger (SUI), Kilian Frankiny (SUI), Floris Gerts (NED), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Miles Scotson (AUS), Loïc Vliegen (BEL)
Jackson Stewart (USA).