Richie Porte returns to racing at Vuelta al Pais Vasco with low expectations
Mar 31 2018 02:36 pm CET

Richie Porte returns to racing at Vuelta al Pais Vasco with low expectations
Richie Porte returns to racing at Vuelta al Pais Vasco with low expectations
Photo BMC Racing Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

BMC Racing Team's Richie Porte will return to competition in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The Australian will test his condition in the race while Damiano Caruso will be the main man for the General Classification.

Porte struggled with a respiratory infection at the end of the Volta ao Algarve that stopped him from starting in Tirreno-Adriatico, one of the main goals of the rider for the season. "This will be Richie's first race back and although he feels good, we don't want to give him the immediate responsibility of going for the GC," said Sports Director Valerio Piva.

"Of course, we know Richie and maybe he can do something during the week but we will take it day by day. Instead, Damiano Caruso will be our leader for the General Classification. We know that his condition is there especially after he finished second at Tirreno-Adriatico and I think that if we take the right opportunities, he can do another good job here."

BMC will also fight for stage victories in the Spanish race. "Overall, we have a strong team with the majority of our riders going onto the Ardennes Classics," Piva commented. "This will be a good opportunity for them and everyone will get the chance to try and go for a stage win.

"We want to see the riders try to take opportunities and jump in the breakaway or be there in the final. I think we have the right team to try to do that and then following on from there we will look to put Damiano in the right position to come out with a good GC."

BMC Racing Team's line-up for the Vuelta al Pais Vasco (2nd to 7th of April):

Patrick Bevin
Damiano Caruso
Alessandro De Marchi
Simon Gerrans
Richie Porte
Dylan Teuns
Danilo Wyss




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