Richie Porte

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Richie Porte
Richie Porte (2) - troisième étape du Tour de Romandie 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Richard Julian Porte[1]
Nickname Tasmanian Devil
Fish
Born (1985-01-30) 30 January 1985 (age 30)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Weight 62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)[2]
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2009 Bedogni Grassi Natalini
Professional team(s)
2008–2009 Praties
2010–2011 Team Saxo Bank
2012– Team Sky
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
Young rider classification (2010)

Stage races

Paris–Nice (2013, 2015)
Volta a Catalunya (2015)
Giro del Trentino (2015)
Volta ao Algarve (2012)

Single-Day Races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2015)
Infobox last updated on
8 January 2014

Richard Julian "Richie" Porte (born 30 January 1985) is an Australian professional road bicycle racer on Team Sky and two-time winner of Paris-Nice.[3]

In his first year at ProTour level, Porte won the young rider classification at the 2010 Giro d'Italia, and featured prominently in the general classification at several stage races. Porte moved to Team Sky for the 2012 season, and quickly made an impact, winning the Volta ao Algarve.[4] In 2013, Porte achieved his biggest victory to date, winning two stages and the overall classification in the 2013 Paris–Nice. He served as a super-domestique for Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France and Chris Froome in the 2013 Tour de France.

In 2015, after winning the Australian National Time Trial Championships, Porte won two stages as well as the final overall classification of the 2015 Paris-Nice, winning that race for the second time in three years and ending up atop the UCI world road cycling rankings.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

Early years, Team UniSA-Australia & Praties[edit]

Porte started dedicated cycling in 2006 when he was 21 years of age. He comes from a triathlon background, having competed in the sport since 2003. Prior to that he was a competitive swimmer.[8] Porte rode for Team UniSA-Australia at the 2008 Tour Down Under and finished ninth overall. He raced with a Tasmanian UCI Continental team, Praties, in 2008 and 2009, taking fifth place in the 2008 Herald Sun Tour and winning the Tours of Perth and Tasmania. Porte rose and under the eye of Andrea Tafi on the Monsummanese Grassi Mapei amateur Italian team in 2009, finishing tenth at the 2009 Tour de Langkawi. His performance at the 2009 Baby Giro, where he won the individual time trial, brought him to the attention of the professional teams.

2010: Team Saxo Bank & individual success[edit]

Porte in the White Jersey at the 2010 Giro d'Italia

At the end of the 2009 season, he signed a two-year contract with Team Saxo Bank. His coach at Team Saxo Bank was compatriot Bradley McGee.[9] In March, Porte went onto win the stage 4 time trial at the Tour de Romandie, finishing in tenth place overall.[10] In May he made his Grand Tour debut in the 2010 Giro d'Italia where he finished seventh overall and won the young rider classification, by a margin of 7' 29" over Robert Kišerlovski, cementing his place as a rider for the future. He also led the race during stages 11–13 and thus wore the pink jersey. In July Porte placed tenth in the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian and had a further run of strong performances; second in the stage 5 time trial of Post Danmark Rundt,[11] fourth overall at the Eneco Tour[12] and fourth overall at the Tour of Britain.[13] Porte narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the time trial at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships, held in the Australian city of Geelong; he finished in fourth place, six and a half seconds down on third-place finisher, Germany's Tony Martin.

2011: Time trial successes[edit]

Although the 2011 season brought less individual success for Porte, through the expectation that he would become a key domestique for Alberto Contador in his overall victory in the Giro d'Italia, Porte continued a his strong time trial performances; placing third in the Paris–Nice[14] and eighth at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco.[15] Porte then won the fourth stage at Vuelta a Castilla y Leon[16] by virtue of Contadors disqualification. Porte then placed third in the final stage time trial at the Giro d'Italia[17] and fourth in the final stage time trial at the Tour de France.[18] Porte then went onto win fifth stage time trial at the Post Danmark Rundt, from Helsingør to Helsingør, by a margin of 10 second over fellow team mate, Gustav Larsson.[19] Porte then finished his season with sixth position at the World Time Trial championships.

2012: Move to Team Sky[edit]

Porte joined Team Sky ahead of the 2012 season.[20] In January 2012, he competed in his national championships in Buninyong and Learmonth, where he finished third in the road race,[21] and placed fifth in the time trial several days later.[22] In February 2012, Porte took the lead of the Volta ao Algarve after winning the race's queen stage, the summit finish at the Alto do Malhão in Loulé.[23] He held the lead until the end of the race, eventually finishing 37 seconds clear of defending race winner, Tony Martin.[4] Porte then worked for Bradley Wiggins in Paris–Nice, helping his leader win the race overall. Porte was a key member of the Sky teams that helped Wiggins go on to win the Tour de Romandie, the Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour de France. Porte then rode the Vuelta a España in support of Chris Froome, and took second place on stage 20.

2013: Paris–Nice and super-domestique[edit]

Porte, in the leader's jersey, on his way to winning stage seven's individual time trial of the 2013 Paris–Nice.

In the absence of Wiggins and Froome, Porte was selected to lead Team Sky at Paris–Nice. He won the fifth stage of the race – the queen stage – with an attack on La Montagne de Lure to take the lead of the race, from Garmin-Sharp's Andrew Talansky. Porte also won the final time trial on the Col d'Èze by 23 seconds over Talansky to seal overall victory by 55 seconds. Porte's time was only four seconds short of the course record, set by Wiggins the previous year.[24]

Porte's good form continued into the Critérium International, winning the second stage's time trial.[25] A second place finish on the final mountain stage was not enough to prevent stage winner and team-mate Chris Froome from winning the general classification, but did secure Porte the points classification, and second place overall.[26]

Porte was again given the lead of Team Sky for the Tour of the Basque Country. Porte powered away in the final kilometres of stage five from a small group of elite riders, including race leader and team mate Sergio Henao, to claim the stage. In the sixth and final stage, an individual time trial, Porte could not match Nairo Quintana over the undulating parcours, but managed to rise to second place in the general classification, ahead of Henao. Porte returned to a supporting role for Chris Froome at the Tour de Romandie. He helped Froome win the race and placed eighth overall himself in the process. Porte and Froome next featured at the Critérium du Dauphiné at the beginning of June. Porte sat fifth overall after the time trial on stage four, and on the following stage helped Froome take the race lead by setting a strong tempo to drop Rohan Dennis, before Froome attacked to win the stage. Porte in the process moved up to second overall, 52 seconds behind his leader. Froome allowed Porte to attack on stage seven, although he only mangaged to take one second out of the other contenders. On the concluding stage eight, Froome and Porte rode clear of their rivals on the final climb, with only Andrew Talansky able to follow, to secure a one-two finish in the overall standings.

Porte at the 2013 Tour de France

Porte entered the Tour de France as super-domestique for Froome. On stage eight – the first mountain stage – Peter Kennaugh and then Porte dropped most of the overall contenders and brought back an earlier attack by Nairo Quintana on the final climb before Froome attacked to take the stage win and overall lead. Porte was able to finish second on the stage, 51 seconds behind Froome, to rise to second overall.[27][28] However, in the following stage Porte cracked following numerous early attacks by Movistar Team, Garmin-Sharp and Saxo-Tinkoff riders, leaving Froome completely isolated for most of the stage. Porte lost over ten minutes and dropped out of overall contention, although Froome managed to avoid time loss by fending off several attacks from Alejandro Valverde and Quintana.[29] On stage 15, Porte again provided the launch pad for Froome's victory on Mont Ventoux.[30] On stage 18 – which finished at Alpe d'Huez – Porte's assistance proved vital for Froome, as Froome ran into difficulty towards the end of the stage; Porte dropped back to the team car to illegally get energy gels for his leader, then paced him to the end of the climb to limit his losses to Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez. Porte and Froome each received a 20-second time penalty and a fine of 200 Swiss francs for the infringement.[31] Froome went on to comfortably win the Tour by four minutes, 20 seconds over Quintana with Porte finishing 19th overall.

2014: A season wrecked by illness[edit]

After finishing third behind Simon Gerrans and Cadel Evans in the national road race championships, Porte began his 2014 season at his home race, the Tour Down Under. He won the penultimate fifth stage,[32] finishing on Old Willunga Hill, and finished fourth in the general classification on the final stage.[33] Porte then followed up his result in the Tour Down Under with second overall at the Vuelta a Andalucía. Porte season then took a downwards turn finishing 22nd overall at the Criterium du Dauphine.[34] Porte then failed to start at Tirreno–Adriatico[35] and failed to finish at; Tour de Romandie,[36] Liège - Bastogne - Liège,[37] Volta a Catalunya,[38][39] culminating in him taking leadership of Team Sky due to Chris Froomes abandonment and then finishing 23rd at the Tour de France.[40] Porte then failed to finish Vattenfall Cyclassics[41] as well as GP Ouest-France[42] which lead him to end his season early after being diagnosed with pneumonia.[43]

Just before the 2014 Tour de France, Porte revealed that he had beaten team mate Chris Froomes time on the famous Col de la Madone climb near to Monte Carlo. Porte completed the climb in 29 minutes 40 seconds, besting Froomes time by 29 seconds.[44]

2015: Stage race success[edit]

Porte in his national time trial champion's jersey

Porte started the 2015 season with success, taking victory in the Australian National Time Trial Championships.[45][46] Much like the previous season, Porte took victory on the queen stage of the Tour Down Under at Old Willunga Hill resulting in a second place on the overall general classification.[47][48] Porte then returned to Europe at the Volta ao Algarve again taking victory on the queen stage to the summit finish of Malhão, this stage win succeeded in elevating Porte to fourth overall on general classification behind team mate Geraint Thomas, as well as taking the win in the mountains classification.[49] Porte's next victory came at Paris–Nice where he and team mate Thomas took a one-two victory on the summit finish of Croix de Chaubouret.[50] Despite losing the chance to take the overall lead after a crash on the penultimate stage of the race, a victory in the final-day time trial (again on the Col d'Èze), by a margin of 13 seconds to his closest rival, gave him his second overall victory in the race in the past three seasons. Furthermore, this pushed him to the top of the UCI Road World Rankings.[7][51][52]

Porte in the leaders jersey at the Volta a Catalunya.

Porte's next victory came in late March when he secured the overall win at the Volta a Catalunya. Despite not winning a stage, Porte won the race by a margin of four seconds from Alejandro Valverde, after achieving two top-5 stage placings on the decisive finishes of La Molina and Valls.[53] In late April Porte notched up his third overall win of the season, taking the Giro d'Italia warm-up Giro del Trentino four-day stage race.[54] Porte took a decisive stage victory on the Queen stage summit finish to Brentonico[55] giving him a margin of 24 seconds to his closest rival, Mikel Landa. Porte would carry the majority of this gap to the finish in Cles.[56] In doing so he became the first ever rider to win the Paris–Nice, Volta a Catalunya and Giro del Trentino treble in one season.

Palmarès[edit]

2007
1st Overall Tour of Bright
1st Stages 1 & 2
2008
1st Overall Tour de Perth
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Overall Tour of Tasmania
1st Stages 7 & 9
1st Stage 2 Tour of Wellington
5th Overall Herald Sun Tour
9th Overall Tour Down Under
2009
1st GP Citta di Felino[1]
1st Stage 2 Giro del Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
1st Stage 4 (ITT) Girobio
3rd National Time Trial Championships
3rd Coppa della Pace
4th Giro Valli Aretine
10th Overall Tour de Langkawi
2010
4th Overall Tour of Britain
4th Overall Eneco Tour
4th World Time Trial Championships
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
Held Jersey pink.svg Jersey held from Stage 11–13
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
10th Clásica de San Sebastián
2011
1st Stage 4 (ITT) Vuelta a Castilla y León[N 1]
1st Stage 5 (ITT) Post Danmark Rundt
6th World Time Trial Championships
2012
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 3
3rd National Road Race Championships[21]
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
4th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
9th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stages 5 & 7 (ITT)
2nd Overall Critérium International
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2 (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team time trial, Road World Championships
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
2014
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
3rd National Road Race Championships
4th Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stage 5
2015
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stages 4 & 7 (ITT)
1st General classification Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Jersey violet.svg Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 2
2nd Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stage 5
4th Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Jersey blue.svg Mountains Classification
1st Stage 4

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro 7 81  —  —  —  
Yellow jersey Tour  – 72 89 19 23  
red jersey Vuelta  —  — 68  —  —  

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

Other major stage races[edit]

Race 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Paris–Nice DNF 22 68 1  – 1
Tirreno-Adriatico  –  –  –  – DNF  –
Volta a Catalunya  –  – DNF  – DNF 1
Tour of the Basque Country  – 127  – 2  –  –
Tour de Romandie 10 121 4 8 DNF  
Critérium du Dauphiné  –  – 9 2 22  
Tour de Suisse  –  –  –  –  –  

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Retroactively awarded after Alberto Contador's results were disqualified following his backdated two-year ban in February 2012.[57][58]

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