For 2016, Richie Porte has changed to the red and black livery of BMC. With a new team, Porte has his sights set high this year, with the likes of the Tour de France and the Olympic road race both potential targets for the Tasmanian – who can both climb and time trial with the best of them.
The well-rounded Australian had spent the past four seasons as a key member of Team Sky, including winning Paris-Nice twice, Porte was an integral part in both Bradley Wiggins’ and Chris Froome’s Tour de France yellow jersey wins.
Here’s the bike Porte rode to a solo victory in stage 5 at the Tour Down Under
Our sister site Cyclingnews recently had a sneak peek at Porte’s new BMC Teammachine ride, but here it is in detail – as recently ridden to a stage win and second place overall at the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under.
The spec remains the same (mostly)
Typically when riders swap teams, there are enormous adaptions in equipment to be made. Most notoriously, different saddles and pedals can wreak havoc on riders who have become accustomed to previous product. However, for Porte no such major changes have occurred. Despite swapping teams, his drivetrain, braking, wheels, pedals, shoes (Sidi) and even saddle choice have all remained constant.
Obviously different is the frameset, and there’s certainly no confusing the drastically different aesthetics of Porte’s BMC and his Pinarellos of past. Joining the rest of the team at the Tour Down Under, Porte was riding the brand’s highly acclaimed (by us) Teammachine SLR01.