Tour de FranceFrance, 7. July - 29. July 2018
The 105th edition of the Tour de France marks BMC Racing Team’s ninth participation at the race. In 2018, all eyes are on BMC Racing Team leader Richie Porte as
he aims to become the second Australian to win the Tour de France.
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.
TAG Heuer, the avant-garde of Swiss watchmaking since 1860. Ever since, TAG Heuer has been striving to push the boundaries further, inventing timepieces for those who love to defy convention. This technical expertise was harnessed at a very early stage for achieving extreme accuracy, particularly in the creation of exceptional chronographs. Under the impetus of Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and Chairman of the Watch Division of LVMH Group, the new models, including the connected watch developed with Intel and Google, exhibit a new dynamism: faster lead times and developments to better respond to market expectations, and a completely transformed environment. TAG Heuer is currently the only watch brand to be able to communicate in the four different worlds: Art, Lifestyle, Sport and Heritage.
Sophos is a leader in next-generation endpoint and network security, and as the pioneer of synchronized security develops its innovative portfolio of endpoint, network, encryption, web, email and mobile security solutions to work better together. More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos solutions as the best protection against sophisticated threats and data loss. Sophos products are exclusively available through a global channel of more than 26,000 registered partners. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol "SOPH."
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’.
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.
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.
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®.
Born in 1996 as a brand made for high performance fizi:k was designed in the USA, and handmade in Italy by the world's largest saddle manufacturer, Selle Royal. fizi:k is the phonetic spelling of the word physique, referring to the form or state of the human body. Often associated with general fitness and athletics, the word is also used in many contexts to illustrate physical strength and superb health. Visually, the symbol conveys a sense of something scientific, technological or mathematical; and audibly, something fresh, effervescent, energetic and lively. Since the beginning, fizi:k's mission has been simple: to improve the ride experience for all cyclists. fizi:k plays a leading role in the world of competitive cycling and actively co-operates with professional athletes to improve product performance and development as illustrated in its twelve year history. The brand depends on their sponsored athletes to help them continuously improve and innovate. There is no better way to improve than by hands-on field testing and data gathering. And due to the success of and demand for the brand, fizi:k is never at a loss to call upon the best in the professional cycling and triathlon world to assist with research and product development. After only few years of international professional presence, fizi:k had seen the regional, national and international podium many times in all cycling disciplines.
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.
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.
"Since it’s inception in 1996, J.Lindeberg has constantly challenged the boundaries between sports and fashion, with high-technology apparel in combination with a sophisticated design. It’s natural for us to be involved in different venues of sports and to be associated with some of the world’s most talented cyclists and BMC Racing Team is an honour for us" says Johan Mark, CEO J.Lindeberg.
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.
Garmin is passionate about creating devices that help even the pros ride longer and stronger. We sweat the small stuff — such as monitoring performance and recovery and providing personalized power plans — so our riders don’t have to. We do it all to ensure they are empowered to beat every PR, beat the other teams and beat yesterday. We’re excited to work with the BMC Racing Team to help make them — and our products — the best they can be. #beatyesterday
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.
"COMPRESSPORT is proud to expand our partnership with one of the best World Tour Cycling Teams. We look forward to assist BMC Racing Team to continue to achieve great results in the coming season, aiding their performance with our Compression Recovery Apparel" Sylvain Laur, CEO
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.
The NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems help BMC Racing Team riders recover faster so they can take their performance to the next level. The PULSE uses a patented system of dynamic compression to boost circulation, restore sore muscles, and promote rapid recovery, giving riders a competitive edge to train harder and go faster.
Born in Switzerland eight years ago, On has become the fastest growing global running brand with offices in Zurich (Switzerland), Portland (USA), Yokohama (Japan) and Melbourne (Australia). It has one simple mission: make running fun. In On shoes, elite athletes have become World Champions, winning podiums and titles in every kind of running sport . They are the shoes that broke the Ironman world record and claimed Olympic medals. The shoes themselves sport the patented CloudTec sole, giving runners a soft landing and powerful take-off in one. Recently, On has launched into the world of apparel – already being recognised for their innovation and bringing together design and technology to allow for effortless running. Seven years after market launch, On is available from more than 2’200 specialist running stores in 50 countries across Europe, North America, South America and Asia-Pacific – and on the feet of over 3 million runners. The partnership with BMC allows On to align with one of the most demanding sports in the world. The dedication and focus that it takes to compete and excel in cycling demonstrates many of the brand’s core values and is a perfect fit with On's commitment to make innovative products that helps people enjoy the benefits of natural running without compromising comfort and speed.
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.
The BMC Racing Team relies on the Acura RDX to support our riders on and off the race course in North America. The team¹s standards for reliability and performance are set high and Acura delivers season after season.
K-EDGE produces elite level bicycle accessories, including: computer, camera and light mounts; chain catchers and chain guides. K-EDGE products are made in their Boise, Idaho CNC machine facility. Today, K-EDGE is known for designing and producing industry leading upgrade bike parts, improving the experience for cyclists. K-EDGE is distributed in over 40 countries worldwide and can be found at the best bike shops. K-EDGE products are the choice of over half the teams in the Tour de France. K-EDGE products come with a Lifetime Warranty and are known for their legendary quality, craftsmanship and durability.