Richie Porte Deserves Tour de France Rewards

MELBOURNE, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - Richie Porte's years as a loyal Tour de France underling are paying off as he fights to become only the second Australian to win the race, Cadel Evans said Thursday. Evans, the 2011 champion, is missing the tour for the first time in 10 years as countryman Porte maintained his overall second placing, 2 min 23sec behind Italy's Vincenzo Nibali after … [Read more...]

Richie Porte Was Co-Leader Already For Tour

Porte by Barnaby CHESTERMAN by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT, France, July 09, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome's abandonment at the Tour de France Wednesday may have been a blow for Team Sky but they were almost expecting it, according to Geraint Thomas. The Welsh rider said number two Richie Porte had started the day as co-leader before Froome even pulled … [Read more...]

Richie Porte States Missing Giro Was My Choice

LIEGE, Belgium, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Australian Richie Porte has revealed that it was his decision rather than Team Sky's to take him off their Giro d'Italia team in May. Sky announced their nine-man Giro team on Thursday, with Briton Peter Kennaugh, Dario Cataldo of Italy and Belarussian Kanstantin Siutsou leading the British team, who will be aiming for stage wins rather than overall … [Read more...]

Richie Porte To Miss Giro d’Italia for Tour de France

PARIS, April 07, 2014 (AFP) - Richie Porte will skip the Giro d'Italia in favour of helping his teammate Chris Froome successfully defend his Tour de France title, Team Sky announced on Monday. Team Sky head of performance support Tim Kerrison said: "Richie was always going to ride the Tour de France this year. "But this now means that he can fully focus on being in the best … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice In Turmoil From Champion Richie Porte’s Withdrawal

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, March 08, 2014 (AFP) - The Paris-Nice week-long stage race begins on Sunday in turmoil following the last-gasp withdrawal of reigning champion Richie Porte. The Tasmanian was shifted at the last moment to the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy next week after his Sky teammate, Tour de France champion Chris Froome was forced out of that with a back … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Replaced By Richie Porte In Tirreno-Adriatico

PARIS, March 07, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's Tour de France winner Chris Froome has pulled out of next week's Tirreno-Adriatico week-long stage race in Italy with his Sky team replacing the Kenyan-born rider with Australian Richie Porte. But that move was met by anger from Paris-Nice organizers, Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) as Porte had been due to begin the defense of his 'Race to the … [Read more...]

Porte Wins Stage, Gerrans Takes Tour Down Under Lead

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ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 25, 2014 (AFP) - Tasmanian Richie Porte won the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under following a brilliant solo attack up the second ascent of Willunga Hill in South Australia on Saturday. Porte (Team Sky) waited until halfway up the final climb to the finish line on top of the mountain before powering past race leader Cadel Evans and racing away to win by 10 … [Read more...]

Richie Porte Confident Of Becoming Giro d’Italia Captain

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TOKYO, Oct 27, 2013 (AFP) - Richie Porte is the archetypal loyal lieutenant, a man you can count on in a crisis, a man who sacrifices himself and his own ambitions for the greater good of his team. But next year, the likeable Australian is going to tackle a Grand Tour for the first time as a team leader. And the 28-year-old says he is ready for the new challenge and looking forward … [Read more...]

Richie Porte Setback Gives Sky Plenty To Ponder

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by Andy Scott BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France, July 08, 2013 (AFP) - So strong during Saturday's stage to Ax-Trois-Domaines, Richie Porte's showing 24 hours later on the second successive day in the Pyrenees could not have been in starker contrast and gave Team Sky's rivals reason to believe that this year's Tour de France is far from over. Porte started stage nine in second place … [Read more...]

UCI President Pat McQuaid Blasts Press Over Doping Questions

LAUSANNE, July 08, 2013 - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid jumped to the defense of today's cyclists, blasting the press who are focused more on doping than racing at the Tour de France. Chris Froome and Sky's dominant performance on the first Pyrenean mountain stage on Saturday got tongues wagging in the press, with many drawing comparisons to performances … [Read more...]