Tour de FranceFrance, 1. July - 23. July 2017
The 104th edition of the Tour de France marks BMC Racing Team’s eighth participation at the race. In 2017, all eyes are on BMC Racing Team leader Richie Porte
as he aims to become the second Australian to win the Tour de France.
Tour de France Video Gallery
Picking up the Pieces
Porte Suffers Devastating Crash
On the Attack
Away from the Race
On the road with BMC Racing Team bus driver Matt Rompion
Life as a Pro Mechanic
Hometown Hero Greg Van Avermaet
Getting Through Unscathed
Race Against the Clock
The Eve of the Race
Before the race
The Tour de France is the most important event
of the season and it requires maximum concentration
and preparation. I am very happy to be
part of this selection and I feel ready and motivated
to do well. My role in the
More team will be to help guide Richie Porte in the mountains. Richie will be our captain and I’m excited to try and win the Tour de France with him. Less
Finally, we are here, the key point of the season,
the Tour de France. I’m happy to be back at the start
of this race as I really wanted this. I wished it because
I felt the need to close a circle that was still open
More from my last participation, in terms of feelings, emotions and to really understand why I love this race. It will be a challenging and tough race, nervous and stressful for many reasons. I am ready to give the best of me for the team’s goals. What I will try to keep in mind is this: it is a bicycle race and if you want to succeed, the most fundamental thing is to have fun, to enjoy it. Less
For sure, I’m excited but I cannot imagine now
what it will be like. I’ve spoken to the other guys and
they have told me it will be crazy. I’m really looking
forward to it. It will be really special to wear my new
More National Champion skinsuit on the first day in Dusseldorf. I am confident in my form so this is a big goal for me. For the rest of the race I will be there to support Richie Porte as much as possible. Less
I came into cycling by watching the Tour de
France on TV. So the Tour represents «passion»
for me and I am always excited to be part of
it. I am honored to be part of this BMC Racing
Team group with high expectations
More around Richie Porte and Greg Van Avermaet. Every day will be tough and with my experience from the race, I know our leaders will need our support on every stage. With this in mind, we have a great team spirit and I think we can achieve our goals. Less
The Tour de France is the big goal of the season
and it has been a great season so far. I can definitely
take confidence from my races and I feel like I’m
where I need to be knowing that July is when I need
More BMC Racing Team has put a great team together around Greg Van Avermaet and me. I think we have strength in all of the areas needed. Less
The Tour de France is everything for a cyclist! It is
what you dream of as a kid. I’m feeling nervous but
I think that’s a good thing! I’m excited too. We have
a great team, and one of the best riders in the world
More the General Classification with Richie Porte. It’s a great challenge ahead and I’m really looking forward to it. My role will be to support Richie in the high mountains and be with him as much as possible. Less
I am excited to start my seventh consecutive
Tour de France with BMC Racing Team. Since my
first participation in 2011 with the overall win of
Cadel Evans I have a special memory of this race.
We keep working hard every
More year to make this same dream happen again and this year I feel we have a strong team behind Richie Porte. I see my role mostly to support Richie on the flat stages and sometimes in the hilly ones too. The Grand Depart in Germany will be something exciting for sure. Starting outside of France attracts mostly huge crowds and that makes it extra special. Less
I’m going into the Tour de France with the same
goal as always; to win a stage. After winning a stage
in 2015 and 2016, and then wearing the yellow jersey
last year, it would be really special to win a third
More year. There are a couple of stages that are well-suited to me and aside from that, I’ll be there to support Richie Porte to go for the win. I think if we finished in Paris with a stage win and a good result on the General Classification, it would be a really successful Tour de France from BMC Racing Team. Less
The Tour de France is the most important race
in the world. When I was young I went a few times
to watch mountain stages with my dad so I’m
proud to ride it for the second time. I’m excited. I
worked hard to be ready and
More now I’m looking forward to the start. I have good memories from my first participation in 2015 so I look forward to being back because the crowd is amazing and there is always a lot of support. We also have really strong team and my role will be to support Richie Porte on the flat and middle mountain stages. Less
BMC Switzerland is a Swiss, premium, performance cycling manufacturer. Established in 1994, the company employs approx. 200 people worldwide. BMC Switzerland’s relationship to performance cycling began when it began supplying the Swiss professional road racing team Phonak with performance bikes in 2001. Today BMC Switzerland sponsors 4 world class professional racing teams; the BMC Racing Team, BMC Mountainbike Racing Team, Uplace BMC Professional Triathlon Racing Team and the BMC Enduro Racing Team. The company is headquartered in Grenchen, Switzerland where it also has its very own carbon production and R&D facility - the Impec Advanced R&D Lab. BMC Switzerland’s bikes are ridden by the world’s top athletes including Tour de France winner 2011 Cadel Evans, 2012 UCI World Road Champion Philippe Gilbert and 2014 UCI World XCO champion - Julien Absalon.
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The Impec Lab is BMC’s portal to the future, an experimental playground that allows us to reach beyond what we see today. Located in a small Swiss town between the Jura Mountain Range and the Swiss Alps, here fully-automated machines and highly-skilled craftsmen have been producing carbon framesets from scratch since 2007. Developed using unique assembly and construction methods, the knowledge gleaned from Impec frame production has fostered unique skillsets at BMC, especially in the areas of load-specific carbon fiber types, weave technologies, resin matrices, layup schedules and tube shapes.
La Coquillade is a luxury residence and haven of serenity set in Provence and the heart of the Luberon wine tourism country. The property holds a hamlet of six historical residences (28 rooms) and a newly built village-building (35 rooms) with sumptuously decorated rooms and suites. The oldest walls of which are from the 13th century. Lovers of nature and open spaces will soak in the magic of the site. From the gardens, terraces and pools, the view of the Luberon, Monts de Vaucluse and Mont Ventoux is exceptional. It is nature, a brand new grand SPA with all wellness and fitness facilities, sport and the art of our own wine and fine cuisine in the heart of Provence that offers an exceptional site and sanctuary of peace where the watchwords are relaxation, discovery and harmony, and of course respect for the environment.
Shimano promotes, develops and tests their products at the highest level. Therefore we want to associate ourselves with professional users. In our search for excellence we found, in the BMC Racing Team, a highly valid partner.
ASSOS SA was founded in Switzerland 1976, coinciding with their creation of the first ever Lycra® cycling shorts and carbon fibre bike. Thanks to its continual investment in R&D, the pioneering company is behind a number of key innovations that have shaped the evolution of the cycling industry. ASSOS has a long history supplying innovative products to the world’s top riders, and has proudly played a role in more than 350 gold medals at World Championships and Olympic games, no wonder they are known as ‘The Shorts Company’.
3T was founded in 1961 in Torino and has been a world-leading cycle component designer for more than 50 years. Its Italian design studio in Italy is supported by a growing technical facility in Taiwan. 3T deploys its mastery of carbon-fiber and aerodynamics technologies to build aerobars and other cockpit components, forks, and wheels. New products slated for early 2015 are wheelsets, adaptable Vola aerobars, and the ‘Custom Colors’ program, evocative of traditional Italian high-tone bike finishing.
Founded in Santa Cruz, California in 1985, Giro Sport Design develops new ideas to enhance the Ride. From the first lightweight, high-performance helmets for cycling and snow sports, to apparel that reimagines what sportswear can be, Giro maintains a strong focus on creating products that enhance the feeling of freedom and independence that are at the core of a rider’s experience. As a leader in design, fit and engineering of products that complement the body, Giro is the first choice of riders worldwide.
In 1986 PowerBar® developed the world‘s first energy bar and is a leading manufacturer of high-quality sports nutrition products. PowerBar products give endurance, fitness and team athletes around the world a rapid and easy supply of nutrients in ideal quantity and variety. Among the pros relying on PowerBar are Tour de France riders such as the BMC Racing Team and IRONMAN® athletes. All products are continuously developed and tested by leading nutrition and sports scientists as well as professional athletes, and are included on the Cologne List®.
The phonetic spelling of the word physique, fi’zi:k represents beauty, speed, passion, freedom and the fire of competition. Aesthetically, the products are handcrafted, understated elegance; developmentally they are detailed and technical. Fi’zi:k is rooted in its Italian heritage, yet futuristic in its innovation. It represents both the past and present. The partnership between fi’zi:k and the BMC Racing Team is a natural result of shared ideals. The bike brand’s thirst for innovation, their professionalism in conduct and presentation, and their quest to be the very best mirrors the fi’zi:k philosophies. This long-term partnership started in 2011 and the result was the stunning Tour de France victory! Over the past seasons fi’zi:k constantly used the team as a living testing lab to develop new product and source new ideas.
The BMC Racing Team is proud to welcome EPIC as a new team partner in 2016! EPIC is a Swedish brand founded in 2005 in Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast. Since the beginning EPIC’s focus has been on delivering products with strong Scandinavian flavor, innovative solutions and quality that withstands hard and long use. The BMC Racing Team will surely test their travel gear to extremes in 2016, with more for more than 280 days of racing around the globe. EPIC is also working closely with the BMC Racing Team to develop new product, concentrating on function, quality and performance.
Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world known for its insuperable eyewear and lens technologies, among other things. As one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, Oakley boasts innovations that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. As a result, the company’s partnership with the BMC Racing Team comes at no surprise. Featuring some of the world’s best cyclists, American based BMC Racing Team continues to keep Oakley at the front of the peloton, while the eyewear brand keeps the team seeing clear and protected during some of the most challenging races on the planet.
The SRM PowerMeter is a power measurement tool designed to quantify a cyclist’s real-time power output. The PowerMeter was invented by SRM founder, Uli Schoberer, in 1986. With the support of the cycling community, professional riders, and coaches, SRM has grown into the most accurate and trusted power measurement system available. The BMC Racing Team uses the SRM Training System to monitor data including power, cadence, speed, and heart rate throughout training sessions, during races, and in post-ride analysis.
Elite is located in an old 19th century brickworks in Fontaniva, a small town 60 kilometers from Venice. From manual work to engineering, the passion is always the same, and the aim is always to create new products for cyclists worldwide. The story of Elite is made of successes and new discoveries which always start from the work of engineers, technicians, market men and of course cycling enthusiasts; in fact, the new products launched on the market are the result of internal research and they are now about three hundred. An important component to Elite’s partnership with the BMC Racing Team is product testing and development.
Vittoria Industries Ltd. is an international group, that acquired the famous premium cotton tubular tires producer Vittoria S.p.A. in 1990. Vittoria has built highly reputable partnerships within in the cycling industry and created a distinct brand image. Vittoria’s research & development center is well-known for developing the best racing tires at all levels. For this reason the revolutionary material Graphene caught our attention. An additional investment was needed to build a new compound factory and add the capability for 4C (four different compounds in a tread). Vittoria’s World Championship-proven MTB tires are now benefitting significantly from the addition of the Graphene and the new 4C. Scientific evidence and testing confirmed the significant increase in speed, but also greatly improved (wet) grip, puncture resistance and durability. Vittoria is now able to leverage these greatly enhanced properties of rubber with Graphene in exactly the right areas, making this factory one of the most innovative R&D centers ever dedicated to the cycling industry. After almost 5 years of development and millions of investment, Vittoria’s innovative Graphene products are available in stores and starting the revolution.
Since 1963, Park Tool has been manufacturing bicycle specific tools. Based out of St. Paul Minn., Park Tool is the world's largest bicycle tool manufacturer. A long-term dedication to quality, innovation, and customer service has made Park Tool the first choice of professional and home bicycle mechanics around the world, including the BMC Racing Team. Park Tool continues to develop and refine bicycle repair tools and equipment to improve the service and efficiency of all bicycle mechanics, professional or hobbyist. Park Tool continues to be an active part in the advancement of the sport of bicycling.
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At Finish Line we pride ourselves on being the "The Lube Experts" for the bicycle industry. From the start, way back in 1988, Finish Line has formulated all of its own products. With feedback from professional cyclists, their mechanics, and specialty bike shops around the world, Finish Line is able to make sure its products are performing at a level that will not disappoint even the most demanding cyclists. At Finish Line, our passion is to make products that will enhance the performance and extend the life of your bicycle! May all your rides be smooth and fast.
Thule is a premium brand used globally for a wide assortment of products, with a focus on solving the problem of how to bring equipment with you when using a car (roof racks, bike and water sport carriers, roof boxes). Thule then turned to weekday passions by implementing some of the vehicle solutions technology and design into luggage, bags and cases. Now, clothing, shoes, helmets and electronics arrive safely at any destination. Thule helps BMC Racing Team riders get their bikes safely from race to race. The Thule brand was established in Sweden in 1942.
Protects BMC Racing Team riders under the most extreme conditions.
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