Whereas the Tour route traditionally travels clockwise around France one year, then counterclockwise the next, the 2017’s edition meanders through all five mountain ranges of continental France for the first time in 25 years.
The race begins in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday. BMC Racing, supported by TAG Heuer, will have to overthrow Chris Froome in its crusade to a fourth Tour de France title in five years.
His former teammate Richie Porte, now BMC Racing sole leader, has his eyes on the top prize and appears as Froome’s most serious opponent. Richie Porte has won the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie this season, whereas the Team Sky riders weren’t very successful.
To assure Richie Porte’s victory, Jim Ochowicz, BMC Racing manager, chose the leader’s lieutenants at the Criterium du Dauphine Nicolas Roche (IRL), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) and Amaël Moinard (FRA). Damiano Caruso (ITA), Stefan Küng (SUI), Richie Porte (AUS), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI) completed the team, a TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 watch on the wrist.
At 32, Richie Porte has extended his contract with BMC Racing Team, as he joined in 2016. The Australian has since recorded two UCI WorldTour stage race wins, five stage wins, and fifth overall at the 2016 Tour de France, during that time.
TAG Heuer bestows all its support to BMC Racing riders on the Tour de France along their pursuit of final triumph.