• Rohan Dennis of BMC is set to defend his Santos Tour Down Under title in January (AAP)Source: AAP
Unsurprisingly BMC will line up at the Santos Tour Down Under with defending champion Rohan Dennis and new Australian team-mate Richie Porte in tow.
BMC Pro Team
18 Dec 2015 - 9:56 AM  UPDATED 18 Dec 2015 - 10:05 AM

Alongside the two Australians will be Marcus Burghardt (GER), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Floris Gerts (NED), Danillo Wyss (SUI) and Peter Velits (SVK).

“The expectation from the public and the cycling world will be high. That puts a bit of pressure on us but we’re coming with a good team to support those two riders (Dennis and Porte). The most critical stages for Richie and Rohan will be the two climbing stages, with Corkscrew Hill and Willunga Hill in there. - Sports Director Allan Peiper."

However, both have bigger intentions later on in the season, with the Tour de France (Porte) and Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Dennis) looming large in each of their calculations. While those events are months away, the stakes are high, and digging deep into the reserves so early in the season is unlikely for either, which leaves the door ajar for another rider to slip through for the overall victory.

Still, Porte is keen to have a crack at testing himself when it counts, and having just missed out this year may yet again end up on the podium again alongside his new team-mate.

“To start with the Tour Down Under is the best possible way to start. Having won the past two years on Willunga Hill, why not go for the trifecta? With Rohan and I there I think we’re going to have a great team, so I’m really looking forward to taking on a challenging race. - Richie Porte."

Dennis tour long-term project says Evans
Cadel Evans hopes Rohan Dennis can become a Tour de France contender, but said it will take a lot of time and work.

BMC also announced that its future was secured beyond 2016 but did not elaborate on how far that extended. However with the International Cycling Union recently announcing three-year licences in order to bring sponsorship stability to the WorldTour, that future can be expected to last at least to 2019.

2016 marks the tenth anniversary of BMC Racing Team, growing from a US continental team in 2006 to one of the most competitive teams today, since receiving ProTour status in 2011.

“We continue to make our bicycles, so I think it’s the best way to promote cycling, besides all of the fun and excitement and passion we have with the riders and the organization. We will continue to do what we have done every year. We try to win again at the Tour de France, we try to win the classics, and that makes it exciting for everybody. - BMC Switzerland owner Andy Rihs."