2017 Tour de France Wraps Up in Paris23. July 2017, Paris (FRA) — Road Team
The 2017 Tour de France concluded with the traditional ride into Paris, culminating with eight laps of the iconic Champs-Élysées which came down to a sprint won by xx.
Having lost team leader Richie Porte to a crash on stage 9 of the race, BMC Racing Team’s remaining eight riders crossed the line in Paris to add another Tour de France participation to their respective cycling careers.
Damiano Caruso was the team’s top finisher in 11th place on the General Classification after stepping up to the role of leader after losing Porte.
While a stage win eluded the team, BMC Racing Team’s riders recorded eight top ten finishes across the 21 stages.
After crossing the finish line in Paris, here’s what they had to say about the past three weeks of racing.
“For sure, 11th on the General Classification is a good result for me. For the team, we will come next year with even more ambition with Richie Porte again to do our best result.”
Alessandro De Marchi:
“It has been a Tour de France with a lot of ups and downs and this is typical of the Tour. I think I showed that I was ready to do a particular kind of job and be ready for the team. We missed the big goal, we missed Richie, but I think we showed in the end that we were ready. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose."
“I didn’t really know what to expect from the Tour de France. Today will be my first time riding on the Champs-Élysées and I think it is the dream of every rider to get there. I finish my first Tour de France with some nice results. We lost Richie Porte but otherwise we had a good Tour, good fun with a good team spirit.”
“The Tour de France is divided into two parts for us. Before Richie Porte’s crash we did a really good race, almost perfect around him. Then we had to refocus and go for stage wins and we tried a lot with no success. I think we saw a good reaction and I think we showed we would have been here for Richie.”
“I formatted my year to be here with Richie Porte so of course it was a big blow when we lost him. But I think we tried, I tried, to go in the breakaways and be aggressive and to show that BMC Racing Team is one of the best teams in the world and we were still in the race. We lost Richie but there were still two weeks to go. We didn’t get the results we wanted but at least we gave it a proper go.”
“The big thing was Richie’s crash. We lost him and had to reset our goals and I really think we stepped up and did a good job as a team, as a unit, to find strength again. I think we kicked back as good as we could with lots of breakaways and trying with Greg Van Avermaet for stages. At the end of the three weeks we have to be happy with what we did as group.”
Greg Van Avermaet:
“I don’t think I can be happy. My goal was winning a stage and I didn’t win. I was close a few times but it didn’t happen. Sometimes you try and it doesn’t work out and this year I didn’t win. I’m looking forward to the end of the year to hopefully have some nice Classics wins.”
“The Tour de France was not as good as we expected with the crash of Richie Porte. For me personally it was quite okay. I’m happy to be now in Paris and I look forward to hopefully coming back again with Richie in good shape.”
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director:
“We came to the Tour de France to put Richie Porte on the podium. Of course when Richie crashed it was a terrible moment for the team. But with two weeks still to come, we had to sit down, refocus and set new goals. We tried really hard for a stage win but didn’t quite get there. I think we can be proud of the way we picked ourselves up and now we will return even more motivated in 2018.”
Tour de France
Stage 21: Montgeron > Paris (103km)
Top 3: 1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) 2. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) 3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 25. Stefan Küng 50. Greg Van Avermaet 75. Nicolas Roche
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 11. Damiano Caruso 31. Amaël Moinard 32. Nicolas Roche
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