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"We are confident that [Porte] and Tejay together can do a lot of good things as a unit."

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RICHIE PORTE

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TEJAY VAN GARDEREN

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30.10.2015 @ 11:00 Posted by Renaud Breban

With Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen, the BMC Racing team will have a strong team for the next season and notably in the stage races. General manager Jim Ochowicz told Velonews that this two riders will share the leadership at the next Tour de France.

 

"That opportunity is here for us to make a bigger result. We are confident that [Porte] and Tejay together can do a lot of good things as a unit," the former rider told. "[It’s a plus having two equal leaders] with the complexity of the race, the crashes that eliminate contenders every year. Having the ability to have a 1-2 punch puts us in a similar position as Movistar and Sky, and some other teams that we’ve been racing against."

 

The Australian rider said in an interview with Fairfax Media that he and van Garderen can “deal with” joint leadership and that one would be honest with the other if he was not feeling well.

 

"I’m not worried. Of course there could be some disagreements from time to time, but knowing both of those guys, the staff that works with us, the communication is going to be constant," Ochowicz said. I don’t think we are going to be getting into places where we’ve left something behind somewhere in a different race and it’s festered something into bigger than it really is. We are good at addressing problem issues, whatever they might be. We have not had issues historically with our riders, and I don’t expect to have anything like that with Richie and Tejay either.”

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