Vin­tage Porte ‘to win TDU’

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LEG­ENDARY cy­cling com­men­ta­tor Phil Liggett has tipped a slimmed-down Richie Porte to win this week’s Tour Down Un­der.

Liggett’s vote of con­fi­dence came after a chat with Porte at The Hilton, where both are stay­ing.

“I looked at him and said ‘bloody hell Richie you’re thin, you look fit enough to ride the Tour de France now’,” Liggett said.

“And where most cy­clists al­ways play down the sit­u­a­tion to avoid be­ing made out as the favourite, Richie just said ‘yeah, I’m go­ing kind of well’ and that tells it all to me.

“He is the king of Wil­lunga and I don’t think the king is about to ab­di­cate.”

Speak­ing at the SA Press Club’s 11th TDU lun­cheon yes­ter­day, Liggett also paid trib­ute to right-hand man Paul Sher­wen, who died aged 62 last month.

“We laughed our way through life, noth­ing was ever planned in­clud­ing here (press club lunch), Paul would walk in and say ‘what are we go­ing to talk about?’ and I’d say ‘the same as ev­ery time, rub­bish’,” Liggett said.

Pic­ture: DEAN MARTIN

PASTA LA VISTA: Cham­pion cy­clist and San Remo am­bas­sador Anna Meares “helped” San Remo de­liver 850kg of pasta to The Hilton ho­tel yes­ter­day for chefs to pre­pare meals for the Tour Down Un­der rid­ers.

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