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Three of the seven riders on stage in Paris were members of the BMC Racing Team. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Three of the seven riders on stage in Paris were members of the BMC Racing Team. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

2013 Tour de France: BMC Racing Team Riders React

24. October 2012

The three BMC Racing Team riders at Wednesday's route presentation of the 2013 Tour de France – Cadel Evans, Philippe Gilbert and Tejay van Garderen – liked what they saw of the 100th edition of the race that will run June 29-July 21.

Challenging Final Week
The 3,479-kilometer route includes a 25 km team time trial, two individual time trials and six mountainous stages featuring four summit finishes. Cadel Evans, winner of the 2011 edition, said the course should make for a more exciting and unpredictable result. "In the last week, we won't have an idea who's going to eventually be the winner in Paris," he said. "It's long on road stages, but shorter on time trial kilometers. I think it suits me a little bit better than 2012. It's a real mix and variation of stages right from the start to the finish. That third week is going to be very tough."

Built For A Complete Rider
Gilbert, the reigning world road champion, said the course best suits an all-arounder. "There will be many opportunities for sprinters at the start, then the team time trial and two individual time trials – one easy and one difficult – and then some uphill finishes," he said. "So this 100th Tour was built for a very complete rider." Ten towns that have never hosted a Tour start or finish are included and six stages are longer than 200 kilometers. "To me, the queen stages will be the one that climbs l’Alpe d’Huez twice and the 242 km stage which finishes up the Mont Ventoux," he said. "They will be very tough and should affect the overall standings." Another highlight organizers added is a night-time finish of the final stage in Paris.

Preparation Begins
Van Garderen joined Evans and Gilbert on stage at the end of the hour-long presentation, something he said was comparable to attending a movie premier. "Being here, you get even more of a sense of the magnitude of just how big the Tour is," he said. Last year's fifth place finisher and winner of the best young rider classification, van Garderen likened himself to a student after watching route videos revealing stage lengths and terrain. "Now that we know the material, it's time to do the homework and study for the test," he said. "Two times up l’Alpe d’Huez on the same day? It's not going to be easy. I would have liked maybe a little bit more kilometers in time trials, but I think it's a good course. It'll be fun."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Evans, Gilbert and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.