Richie Porte signed for BMC
As of August 1 it can be said that the transfer market in cycling officially opens. While you can negotiate with cyclists when you really want, it is not until this date when you can announce and sign the agreements. And the first name to come to the fore this August 1, 2015 is to Richie Porte, which from 2016 will be one of the leaders of rows in the BMC team.
Australian cyclist of 30 years leaves the Sky team, which arrived in 2012 from the Saxo Bank. From arrival at the British team it was when they got the best results, but its best season is this, which has won the Paris – Nice and the Volta a Catalunya, within the World Tour calendar and the Giro del Trentino Australia and the championship trial.
Best gregarious Chris Froome on his victories in the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015, must Porte in the Sky was when he has had to be team leader in a great return in stages. It was this year when finally they trusted him to give that role in the Giro d’Italia, and the fiasco was important. The best result in a Grand Tour Australian remains his surprising seventh place in the 2010 Giro, with the best young.
Therefore, leaving the Sky raises some doubts. First, because it is by seeing what performance show out of this team in which everyone walks as well, especially close to the heart of Froome. And second, because the BMC will first sword level and will be one of the men who have to get the results you need a team whose continuity beyond 2016 is now a mystery.
It is still early to talk about future goals as team rider with American license. So it’s early to say whether Porte and Teejay Van Garderen, the other man to the generals of the great races of the BMC, take opposite calendars or if presented at the Tour de France the two together, with Porte doing with Van Garderen paper that was now leading Froome and going to the races a week.