Nicolas Roche confirmed for BMC for 2017 season

Team Sky’s Nicolas Roche will team up with Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen at BMC for the 2017 season

Nicolas Roche Confirmed For BMC For 2017 Season

Nicholas Roche wins Stage 18 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana from Haimar Zubeldia

Nicolas Roche, Irish champion in both the road race and time trial1, will race for BMC2 in 2017, confirming that he will leave Team Sky3 after two seasons. The American outfit will be Roche s sixth top tier team in his 12-year career, having started at Cofidis4 and also ridden for Credit Agricole, Ag2r5 La Mondiale and Tinkoff-Saxo before arriving at Sky in 2015. He helped Chris Froome to Tour de France6 glory in his first season and also won a stage of the Vuelta a Espa a7 in the same year. This season he finished second at the Tour de Yorkshire8 and ninth at this weekend s Clasica San Sebastian.

Nicolas brings a wealth of experience and is exactly the sort of rider we are looking for to support our Grand Tour ambitions and work for his own personal objectives. A lot of our goals are centred around Grand Tours and we felt we needed an additional rider who could bring us experience in that field, BMC general manager Jim Ochowicz explained.

>>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour9

Roche rode seven consecutive Tours de France between 2009 and 2015, finishing 12th for Ag2r in 2012. The Irishman Grand Tour credentials were cemented with top-10 finishes in the Vuelta in 2010 and 2013.

I m super excited because BMC is a team that rides with a lot of the characteristics that I like. They re always up the front, riding with aggression and trying to make an exciting race.

I think I ll enjoy the aggressive style of racing, Roche said.

Looking ahead to the 2017 season, my main role will be to really support Richie Porte10 and Tejay van Garderen11 in their general classification ambitions, and hopefully I ll have a good go at the Vuelta a Esp na.

References

  1. ^ Irish champion in both the road race and time trial (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ BMC (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Cofidis (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Ag2r (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ won a stage of the Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ second at the Tour de Yorkshire (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ >>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Richie Porte (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ Tejay van Garderen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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