Porte and van Garderen will lead BMC at Tour de France

Bookwalter, Burghardt, Caruso, Dennis, Moinard, Schär and Van Avermaet will support co-leaders in France

BMC Racing today announced the seven riders who will support Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen at the Tour de France.

The team had a difficult time choosing from the long list of potential riders, said director Yvon Ledanois, but he is confident the team has picked the right combination of riders to support the co-leaders.

"If we could have selected 11 riders we would have done so, but in the end I think we have chosen a fantastic group of riders who will provide the best support possible for Richie and Tejay," Ledanois said.

"We have a diverse group of riders, from seven different nationalities, all of whom will play their role, whether it's our strong domestiques like Marcus Burghardt and Michael Schär, or riders like Greg Van Avermaet and Rohan Dennis, who can go for stage wins. Then of course we have Brent Bookwalter, Damiano Caruso, and Amaël Moinard for support on the climbs and getting Richie and Tejay where they need to be."

Taking two leaders into the Tour de France can sometimes be a dicey proposition, but BMC Racing General Manager Jim Ochowicz said it puts the team in a strong position.

"Richie and Tejay will both receive equal support from the staff and riders within the team structure during the race itself," Ochowicz said. "Throughout the race Richie will act as BMC Racing Team's road captain, and as such will represent the riders' interests both on and off the bike."

Both Porte and van Garderen said in the team announcement that they are excited to work together.

"To know that Tejay and I will be supported by such a strong group of guys is really motivating," Porte said. "I've already raced with these seven riders a lot this season and I'm confident that we are going into the Tour de France in a really good position. My form is good, my legs are good and after another week of fine-tuning, I'm definitely ready to race. It's an exciting time."

Van Garderen, who recently finished sixth at the Tour de Suisse after winning the queen stage, said he is taking confidence from that result as he heads into the Tour.

"Especially with the team that we are taking," he said. "I've already raced the Tour de France a couple of times with most of these guys, so I couldn't be happier to line up with them once again. I'm in great shape, I'm really motivated, and I'm looking forward to rolling out in a little over a week."

BMC Racing roster for Tour de France: Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Amaël Moinard, Richie Porte, Michael Schär, Greg Van Avermaet, Tejay van Garderen

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