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  • Le Tour 2016 Route:
  • Running from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th 2016, the 103th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometres.
  • These stages have the following profiles:
  • (9) flat stages.
  • (1) hilly stage.
  • (9) mountain stages including 4 summit finishes.
  • (2) individual time trial stages.
  • (2) rest days.

BMC Racing Team

BMC Racing Team

 

 

Founded from the basis of the Phonak team, BMC Racing Team brought forward its return to the forefront when the opportunity to hire Cadel Evans, the world champion at the time, presented itself in late 2009. The Australian, at odds with Silence-Lotto, had not given up on his ambitions despite his unexpected failure against Carlos Sastre in 2008. He recaptured the Yellow Jersey in Avoriaz on Le Tour 2010, but only wore it for one day, suffering from a fractured elbow, though that did not stop him from finishing the race, gritting his teeth against the pain.

In 2011, however, his plans did not hit any snags: 2nd on the team time-trial at Les Essarts, winner of “Brittany’s Alpe d’Huez” at Mûr-de-Bretagne, before grabbing an ideal position on the authentic Alpe d’Huez, the last climb on the 98th edition of the Tour de France, Evans leap-frogged Andy Schleck on the time-trial in Grenoble, becoming the first winner of the Tour de France from the southern hemisphere and from the ranks of mountain biking.

This success overjoyed the financial backer of BMC Racing Team, Andy Rihs, a Swiss billionaire as well as a cycling and wine enthusiast, who had nonetheless sworn, following the bad publicity of the Landis affair in 2006, that he was through with funding a team. In reality, he never gave up on his riders and recruited a genuine Tour de France winner. Evans has now passed the baton on to Tejay van Garderen, the best young rider on Le Tour 2012, fifth in 2014 and the sole leader of a very rich team reinvigorated after an underwhelming month of July in 2013, thanks to the appointment of Allan Peiper to the positon of general manager.

 

 

GC victories: 1
-         2011: Cadel Evans

Stage victories: 1
-         2011: Cadel Evans, at Mûr-de-Bretagne

Victories in secondary classifications: 1
-         2012: Tejay van Garderen (best young rider)

Yellow Jerseys: 3
-         2010: Cadel Evans, one day
-         2011: Cadel Evans, two days

IN FIGURES
5: the final place of Tejay van Garderen on the Tour de France in 2012 and 2014.

KEY DATES
11th July 2010: Cadel Evans captures the Yellow Jersey at Avoriaz, but with a fractured elbow.
23rd July 2011: 2nd on the time-trial in Grenoble (behind Tony Martin), Cadel Evans becomes the first winner of the Tour de France from the southern hemisphere.
12th July 2012: Cadel Evans, second to Bradley Wiggins on the approach to the mountain stages, attacks on the Croix-de-Fer pass, but cannot break the domination of Team Sky.

 

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