Porte wants a nice last dance


While the 2022 season will be the last of his career, Richie Porte has decided not to be a spectator and intends to attend the next Giro.

Richie Porte will bow out. Almost 37 years old, the Australian will be starting his last season as a professional cyclist on his land, on the occasion of the “Festival of Cycling”, an event which replaces the Tour Down Under for the second consecutive year. A final season for which the watchword will be pleasure but also performance.  » The only thing the team really wants is for me to enjoy my senior year, and this is also my plan « , Said the native of Launceston in an interview with the Australian channel Channel 7. A fourteenth and final season in the peloton during which he intends to add a good performance on Tirreno-Adriatico to his victories at the Critérium du Dauphiné this year and to those at Paris-Nice in 2013 and 2015.

Porte wants to « close the loop » on the Giro

Ensuring that  » the adventure was beautiful »Since his debut under the colors of the Praties team in 2008 before passing through Saxo Banc, Sky, BMC and Trek-Segafredo before returning to the British formation, now known as Ineos Grenadiers, in 2021, Richie Porte ne does not want to live a last season in half-heartedness.  » I still want to be competitive because I don’t want to waste my time when I could be with my family “, Confided the one who became the father of a little Eloise last September. But, if he will not be present on the roads of the Tour de France, considering his history with the Grande Boucle ended with his third place in 2020, he intends to afford a last Giro, he who has shown himself on the Italian roads in 2010 with three days in pink.  » If I could come full circle there it would be a dream, said Richie Porte. It’s a race that I have always enjoyed. A decision that is in the hands of David Brailsford and Rod Ellingworth.

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