Richie Porte

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Aus­tralia, BMC Richie Porte was on the form of his life last year and con­sid­ered the main ri­val for Froome’s crown. The Aussie’s poor Grand Tour luck, how­ever, con­tin­ued with a nasty crash that took him to the hos­pi­tal and swept up Dan Martin, scup­per­ing the Ir­ish­man’s chances of fin­ish­ing on the podium. Porte is a great stage racer with Paris-nice, Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Ro­mandie ti­tles on his pal­mares, but he al­ways comes up short in Grand Tours, with only three top-20 achieve­ments in 11 at­tempts, zero stage wins and no podi­ums. Can his luck change for 2018? Back-to-back wins in the San­tos Tour Down Un­der eluded him in Jan­uary by less than a sec­ond.

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