Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche will join BMC Racing from Team Sky next season. The 32-year-old helped Chris Froome win the 2015 Tour de France and claimed a stage victory at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana in a two-year stay with the British squad.
This summer he secured his second Irish road race title, also winning the time trial, but was omitted from Team Sky’s squad for the Tour de France.
At BMC he will join former Team Sky team-mate Richie Porte, who finished fifth in the Tour this year after moving to BMC last winter.
“I’m super excited because BMC Racing Team is a team that rides with a lot of the characteristics that I like,” 32-year-old Roche said. “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. Looking ahead to the 2017 season, my main role will be to really support Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen in their general classification ambitions, and hopefully I’ll have a good go at the Vuelta a Espana.”
Roche, who is in his 12th season as a professional, is the son of Stephen Roche, who won the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and world championships in 1987, and the cousin of Etixx-QuickStep rider Dan Martin.