BMC Racing Team #2016Flashback - JULY20. November 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
July only means one thing when it comes to cycling and that’s the Tour de France!
As always in bike racing there were highs and lows for BMC Racing Team. Disaster struck when Richie Porte had a puncture just 5km from the finish line on stage 2 and lost 1’45” on the bunch. Porte held his head high saying “The Tour de France is far from over” when he spoke to media after the stage.
After a low came a high, when Greg Van Avermaet attacked solo from the breakaway on stage 5 to take a surprise win and the leader’s yellow jersey for the first time in his career. Van Avermaet did the yellow jersey proud in his three stages in the lead, even jumping in the breakaway on stage 7 to extend his lead.
Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen continued to fight in the GC battle in the first and second week of racing, as the field of contenders was slowly reduced. The race was not without drama, particularly on stage 12 when crowds on Mont Ventoux caused a motorbike to crash and Porte crash straight into it after attack with Chris Froome and Bauke Mollema. Nevertheless, the final week of racing saw Porte go from strength to strength and climb up the top ten to eventually finish in fifth place, his best ever result at the Tour de France. More than anything, Porte finished hungrier than ever for the 2017 edition.
The UCI WorldTour season was also underway at the Tour of Poland where atrocious weather conditions played havoc with the peloton. Stage 5 was a day of bad luck for BMC Racing Team with four riders forced to withdraw due to crashes and illness. Ben Hermans brought a bit of good luck back to the team on the final day of racing when he finished with the fourth-fastest time in the time trial.
July came to a close with the tough one-day Classica Ciclista San Sebastian where Alessandro De Marchi spent the day in the breakaway, before Van Avermaet finished fifth in the bunch sprint.