Vintage Porte ‘to win TDU’
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.
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.