Australian rider Richie Porte, fresh from helping Team Sky`s Chris Froome win a second Tour de France, announced on Saturday he will ride for the BMC Racing team next season.
Porte, a key domestique in Sky`s three Tour successes with Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and then Froome in 2013 and this year, is moving to pursue his dream of a Grand Tour success in his own right.
"I want to win again races like Paris-Nice and the Tour of Catalonia," said the 30-year-old who was in the final year of his contract with Sky.
"Next year, why not have a Tejay van Garderen and myself at the Tour de France, we get on well."
He added: "It`s exciting to be in a team where I`ll have so many chances to win races."
In nine Grand Tours since 2010 the Tasmanian has a best placed seventh in the Tour d`Italia in his debut season in the elite division.
After four years at Sky, Porte was one of the biggest names in this year`s transfer market and aside from BMC he had been linked to Australia`s SBS Television and Etixx-QuickStep.