Queenslander Jay McCarthy Of Bora-Hansgrohe To Make His Tour de France Debut
Jay McCarthy, from the sleepy little town of Maryborough in Queensland, has long-dreamt of competing in the world's biggest bike race, the Tour de France. Those dreams came true overnight with the 25yo Bora-Hansgrohe rider named in the team's all-star lineup for the race which starts in a little over a week.
McCarthy has enjoyed a stellar cycling career and impressive 2017, having finished 3rd overall - in the esteemed company of Esteban Chaves & Richie Porte - at this year's Tour Down Under. He's also made the podium of a Grand Tour, 3rd on Stage 3 of the 2014 Giro d'Italia, and finished 3rd overall at the 2015 Tour of Turkey.
UCI World Champion Peter Sagan and Rafal Majka lead Bora - Hansgrohe’s team at this year’s Tour, with Emanuel Buchmann, Marcus Burghardt and Rüdiger Selig, also three German riders will be at the start on July 1st in Düsseldorf.
“We have a strong team going into this year’s Tour de France," said Enrico Poitschke, team sports director.
"The last weeks and strong results gave us confidence, and we are eager to also fulfil our goals at the Tour. To fulfil our goals, was also the main aspect in selecting the riders. We have to support two leaders and need a balance between guys for the flat, sprints, and climbers. I am confident we found that mix, and now we are ready and looking forward to the Grand Départ in Düsseldorf.”
Bora - Hansgrohe Tour de France Team
Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
Emanuel Buchmann (Ger)
Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
Rafal Majka (Pol)
Jay McCarthy (Aus)
Pawel Poljanski (Pol)
Peter Sagan (Svk)
Juraj Sagan (Svk)
Rüdiger Selig (Ger)