Richie Porte's family has experienced a steep learning curve from the moment he flew to Europe to pursue his cycling dreams 13 years ago. As the veteran cyclist lined up a long-awaited Tour de France podium finish, parents Penny and Ian have given an insight into the agonising task of following his roller-coaster results back in Launceston. Asked to describer her emotions, Penny said: "Happiness and relief but really we won't believe it until we see him on that third step.
I enjoy it when I know he's safe. On the other hand, it's a great privilege to have people take an interest in our son. People are so kind and happy for us and for Richie and his wife Gemma. It's overwhelming and heart-warming and in these uncertain Covid days, a nice diversion for everyone maybe. The Portes have three other sons - Nick, Kieran and Tom - and five grandchildren with another due in November plus Louie, the rottweiler Richie gave them after the untimely death of beloved family pet, Fritz.
Missing the birth of his second child was just the latest sacrifice the former Hagley Farm and St Patrick's College student has made for the sport. I know he now appreciates Tassie even more. Richie Porte and son Luca at home in Launceston last year.
Richie Porte ends years of Tour de France misfortune with podium finish
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Home Newsletters Editors Pick - List.On Saturday Porte Trek-Segafredo rode the individual time trial of his life to vault onto the Tour de France podium in what could be his final stab as a GC contender at the race. A strong climber who could also blaze a fast individual time trial, Porte made his WorldTour debut with team Saxo Bank inand he he rode in support of Alberto Contador at the Tour. In the ensuing seasons Porte emerged as super domestique for Chris Froome at Team Sky, and shepherded Froome to Tour wins in and But bad luck seemed to follow Porte in his efforts to win the Tour.
He eventually rode his way back to 5th overall, which was his best finish at the race prior to In and Porte crashed out of the race entirely, and in rode to 11th place overall. All of the hours I spent training and getting ready for the tour to be in good form. The only setback occurred on stage 7 when Porte lost to the GC favorites after he and Mollema were caught out in the crosswinds heading into Lavaur.
In the ensuing stages Porte chipped away at the deficit, and in the Pyrenees emerged as one of the strongest climbers in the race. Everybody went super deep. As he pedaled along the dirt section Porte suffered a front flat tire and was forced to chase for the final 30km to catch back on. Porte missed the birth of his second child to race this Tour de France. Get the latest race news, results, commentary, and tech, delivered daily to your inbox. Weekly Newsletter Get the latest race news, results, commentary, and tech, delivered daily to your inbox.
Newsletter sign-up. Tour de France Just nine more stages. That's all that remains of Richie Porte 's career as a Grand Tour leader before the Australian, who is set to leave Trek-Segafredo at the end of the year, switches to a team where he will resample the delights of a super domestique. In the 11 years since the year-old turned professional, the rider from Launceston, in Tasmania, has played many characters upon the WorldTour stage: from plucky up-and-comer to the faithful cameo of the right-hand man.
He's even bridged out from his comfort zone and taken leading roles, but as the spotlight shifts to a new wave of performers Porte has one final chance to draw out one more show as a GC leader before the curtain comes down on this phase of his career. On Monday's first rest day at the Tour de Francewith the Trek-Segafredo rider neatly nestled in 11th place on GC, he confirmed both his upcoming departure from Trek and a change in roles for what will most likely be the final two years of his career.
Both pieces of news were hardly surprising given the levels of noise ahead of his nailed-on move to Ineos, but both his return to a team where he arguably had his best years, and his decision to step back into domestique duties, are inextricably linked.
I've signed elsewhere, but we have to wait because nothing has been officially released. And when asked if this year's Tour would be his final shot at Tour leadership, Porte barely paused before replying, "One hundred per cent.
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If this is, as he says, his final hurrah as a GC rider over three weeks, then what should we expect from an athlete who was once the best-pound-for-pound week-long racer on the planet, and who was once seen by many a the rider who would finally end Chris Froome's domination at the Tour de France?
In truth, it's hard to say. Porte's gloss has worn off slightly over the last few years. Crashes and the illnesses that deprived him of a full season in have taken their toll, but at the same, he hasn't always had the credit his career deserved.
Turning professional relatively late, Porte burst onto the scene as a stage racer just a few months after turning professional with Bjarne Riis' Saxo Bank in The Dane had been tipped off about the former triathlete's talent by fellow s pedal pusher Andrea Tafi. Porte had enjoyed a successful spell in Italy in the spring and summer ofand had won a stage of the Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia ahead of Egor Silin and Peter Sagan, no less.Top 3 Reasons Chris Froome Lost The Tour De France
He backed that up with an impressive victory in the time trial at the Baby Giro a month later, and then another victory in the one-day GP Citta. A move to the WorldTour beckoned, but the first few months in Europe were a steep learning curve, with a string of DNFs before Porte produced a timely reminder of his ability against the clock with a stage win at the Tour de Romandie.
Thrust into the Giro d'Italia, he rode into the maglia rosa for three days before eventually settling for seventh in Verona and the white jersey to boot.
When he was at the beginning with my team, he was maybe several kilos over what he is today. What came next were arguably Porte's best years. He showed promise as a week-long specialist in his first year on the British team before helping Bradley Wiggins take Britain's first Tour de France win. Another Paris-Nice crown followed in in a spring that also included titles in Catalunya and Trentino, but a failed GC bid at the Giro followed before helping Froome to another Tour win.
The Giro result, however, rammed home the news that if Porte wanted to ever have his own chance at leading a team into the Tour, he needed to move. The American hope Tejay van Garderen was talented, but too inconsistent, while Porte came with both the hunger to lead over three weeks and BMC's most prized quality in a rider — the ability to hunt WorldTour points in every stage race possible. His fifth place in Paris in was, and still is, his best result over three weeks, but it was still tainted by an element of what might have been after a tactical blunder from within the team car saw him left by the roadside on stage 2 to Cherbourg.
He would lose close to two minutes that day, and then arrive in Paris just off Romain Bardet's second place after a string of highly impressive rides in the mountains. His last two Tour rides for BMC ended in tragic crashes — both coming on stage 9 in each edition — and from that point on, his Grand Tour career began to fade in the eyes of the media and the public.
Peiper makes a valid point.Hear that? Listen closely and you might just pick out the tiny pitter-patter of cycling agents, scurrying around trying to get the best deals for their riders ahead of the season. Teams budgets were plunged into jeopardy, with some outfits still floundering from the financial difficulties created by the coronavirus, while many riders took wage cuts and support staff were temporarily laid off to keep organisations afloat during the lack of racing over the past few months.
With the August 1 deadline passed, riders and teams are now allowed to officially switch teams. Usually, the majority of the cycling season is over by this point, but in this least unexpected season we still have the majority of headline events left to come.
However, this year the phenomenon could affect all Grand Tours as well as the Monuments. The Tasmanian spent four years at Team Sky betweenhelping the British squad to multiple Tour de France victories before moving to BMC for a lucrative paycheque as well as the opportunity to test his own Grand Tour ambitions. The Brit has been with the Australian squad along with twin brother Simon since and is said to be in the process of making his choice between the two WorldTour outfits.
Ag2r team leader Romain Bardet is also said to be looking for a move away from the team he has spent his entire, nine-season professional career with. Sunweb are said to have offered the year-old a contract, with Mitchelton-Scott and Trek-Segafredo also reported to be interested. Home News Racing. Top story.Richie Porte has joined Ineos Grenadiers on a two-year deal. However, the lure of Dave Brailsford and Team Ineos was too strong, and the move will allow Porte to take a step back from duties of leading a team into Grand Tours.
We really are extremely pleased to welcome him back! Porte is closer to the end of his career than at the start but he clearly wants more than one final paycheck before retiring. This move, however, signals the end of Grand Tour ambitions, but that in itself will ultimately suit the two-time winner of the Tour Down Under.
At Ineos he can return to his best role, in a team where had consistent success as a super mountain domestique. Ineos will in return benefit from an experienced and loyal worker for Egan Bernal, Richard Carapaz, and Pavel Sivakov to utilize, while Porte is likely to retain leadership for his beloved Tour Down Under and a sprinkling of other week-long races.
His time at Trek-Segafredo was hardly a failure, but illness ruined his first season and the global pandemic broke up his momentum after another strong showing in Australia. Porte's form since the return to racing has been among the best of his career so far, culminating in a third-place at the Tour de France and suggesting that he still has a lot more to give.
With Trek bringing on Vincenzo Nibali last year, re-signing Bauke Mollema this summer, and then building the rest of their roster around youth, it was clear that they were looking to take the team in a different direction. It suits both Trek and Porte to split amicably. At Ineos the pressure will be lifted, no doubt, while the Australian should seamlessly adapt to the squad he departed from at the end of Good luck on your next chapter! Sign up to the Cyclingnews Newsletter.
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After becoming the second Australian to secure a podium finish at cycling's biggest race, Porte said wife Gemma was succinct in her messaging before he left. To miss the birth — I feel like this goes a little bit of the way to make it worthwhile.
Porte, who has had injuries and illness derail Tour de France campaigns in the past, said coronavirus-imposed rescheduling of the race that saw it clash with the baby's due date was on brand for him.
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Gemma Porte, who met her husband when he was at Team Sky between andwas tuning in from home with their two-week-old, Eloise. After watching the Launceston native time-trial his way into third place overall in the race's penultimate stagethe new mum was understandably tired.
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Porte's mother, Penny, who had followed the stage from the family home in Tasmania, said she had spoken to her son on the phone and expressed her pride in his performance. Porte's close friend and fellow cyclist, Steven Brown, had been hoping to attend the Tour de France but the pandemic meant his plans had to be shelved. He said it was a "bittersweet" feeling not being in Paris for the final stage, but it did not take away from how proud he was of Porte. Mr Brown said he had experienced a degree of disbelief about Porte's performance because of the challenges his friend has faced during his professional career.
He's finally kind of achieved his potential, if you like, at the Tour.
Richie Porte: One last performance as a Tour de France leader
Mr Matthews described Porte's performance at the Tour as "amazing". With the final stage on the Champs Elysees in Paris effectively a flat ceremonial stage, the general classification GC placings are basically locked in. The only thing realistically up for grabs are green-jersey points, including an all-out assault for a stage win among the sprinters. As fellow Australian Caleb Ewan tries to win the prestigious final sprint for the second straight year and a sixth stage win in the past two yearsPorte and the other GC contenders will be doing their best to stay out of the muck.
And national ties be damned, Porte hopes the man who was designated as his bodyguard during the race, world road race champion Mads Pedersen, can get a look-in on the Champs Elysees. News Home. Print content Print with images and other media. Print text only.Growing up he excelled as a triathlete before switching his attention to cycling at the age of Following two successful seasons racing at amateur level in Europe, Richie signed as a professional with Team Saxo-Bank in He made an incredible start to his pro career notching up his first win in the Time Trial stage at the Tour of Romandie in April In what was his first Grand Tour start, Richie won the Best Young Rider accolade and secured 7th position in the overall classification.
His performance yet another indication that he was a rider with a bright future in the sport. Although brought less individual success for Richie, he still featured prominently in a number of stages in the Giro, Paris-Nice and Tour of Romandie races. He also won stage 5 at the Tour of Denmark. InRichie enjoyed the best season of his career to date. He received many plaudits for the central support role he played in teammate Chris Froome's victory at the Tour de France. However his season highlight came in early Spring when Richie was given the opportunity to lead the team at Paris-Nice stage race.
He delivered in fine style winning the prestigious 8 day event.
Richie's main focus at the beginning of the season was to lead Team Sky at the Giro d'Italia. His early preparation had gone smoothly with a stage victory at the Tour Down Under followed by a strong showing at the Vuelta a Andalucia.
Unfortunately disaster struck in March when he contracted a chest infection which he struggled to shake off in the build up to the Giro and he was forced to miss the race. Richie returned to the saddle in the build up to the Tour de France and proved his fitness to earn selection for Team Sky's tour squad. Although his was selected for "Super Domestique" duty, Richie became the team's protected rider in the first week when Chris Froome was forced to retire due to injury. However it wasn't long before Richie's early season illness resurfaced and he paid the price on the tougher mountainous stages during the third week of racing.
After the Tour it was decided that Richie would sit out the rest of the year and instead focus on getting himself back to full health for the season. Richie made a scintillating start to his season with a victory in the National TT and a runner-up spot at the Tour Down Under. However he was forced to retire from the race in the latter stages after a couple of unfortunate crashes.
Thankfully Richie had recovered by July and he played another key role in Chris Froome's second Tour de France success. In March, he continued his strong form with a podium finish at Paris-Nice. However he was to suffer a couple of unfortunate breaks at the Tour, firstly a poorly-timed puncture on stage 2 and then a crash with a motorbike on Mont Ventoux.
Showing great tenacity, Richie still secured 5th position in the Overall GC, his best ever finish at the Tour. He then represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio where he was still in contention to medal in the road race before breaking his scapula in a crash on a descent with 35km to go. Unfortunately this injury brought an end to his season. Having spent the offseason recovering, Richie returned to the saddle in perfect fashion at the Tour Down Under.
He won both hilltop stages en route to his first ever overall victory in the race. Back in Europe, Richie maintained his excellent form with stage victories at Paris-Nice, Dauphine and the overall victory at the Tour de Romandie.
This was perfect preparation for the Tour de France and he began the race as one of the leading contenders for the yellow jersey. However Richie unfortunately crashed out of the race on the final descent of stage 9. Suffering a fractured collarbone and hip, he was ruled out until the latter stages of the season. After riding three seasons with BMC Racing and establishing himself as one the best week-long stage racers in the world, Richie begins a new chapter with Trek-Segafredo in where he will lead their team at stage races, including the Tour de France.