Evans, BMC Secure Roster For Tour De France

Evans' tour defence is shaping up nicely.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

BMC racing has announced their squad that will aid Cadel Evans in his attempt to secure back-to-back Tour de France crowns.

The veteran Aussie claimed his first Tour de France title last year and will have the support of a strong team behind him in 2012 as BMC has mounted their entire focus on keeping the Australian at the top.

The big addition is American Tejay van Garderen, who along with veteran Amael Moinard, has been recruited to aid the sprinter Evans on the mountain stages.

BMC are still waiting to see which riders are selected to go with Evans’ rival, the in-form, Brad Wiggins who is with Sky.

The team has retained five riders from last year’s squad: Frenchman Moinard, Italian Manuel Quinziato, German Marcus Burghardt, American George Hincapie and Swiss cyclist Michael Schar.

BMC’s director, John Lelangue, isconfident in the team’s ability to take out the first back-to-win since 2005.

"We have just one aim: to defend Cadel's title and lead him to the podium in Paris," said Lelangue.

"Everyone will know clearly what their job is during the three weeks of racing. Our roster has a really good balance, especially considering the parcours (course).''

Hincapie will break the record at this year’s Tour as the most capped rider the history of 109-year-old marathon. In what will be his 17th go around, the New Yorker is keen to help out the 35-year-old Evans. He was the only rider to accompany Lance Armstrong on his seven Tour de France wins from 1999-2005.