Porte, who signed from Team Sky at the end of last year, has already tasted success for his new team, having won a stage at the Tour Down Under and finishing third at Paris-Nice. He heads into the Volta a Catalunya as the defending champion but will face stiff competition from a stacked list of GC contenders, including Alberto Contador, Rigoberto Uran, Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana.
BMC will be expecting both Porte and van Garderen to shine in the race. The US-registered team signed Porte with the ambition of having two GC riders for stage races.
“Tejay and I have trained together a fair bit so it’s nice to finally be able to race together,” the Australian said of his new partnership with the American rider.
“It’s also a good chance to get some more race days in the legs following Paris-Nice. It’s a race I know well and have obviously had success at so I’m hoping that this year will be no different.”
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