Porte at the 2010 Tour de Romandie
|Full name||Richard Julian Porte|
30 January 1985 |
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)|
|Current team||Team Sky|
|2009||Bedogni Grassi Natalini|
Team Saxo Bank
|Infobox last updated on
24 February 2014
Richard Julian "Richie" Porte (born 30 January 1985) is an Australian professional road bicycle racer on Team Sky. 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. In 2013, Porte achieved his biggest victory to date, winning two stages and the overall classification in the 2013 Paris–Nice. He is known for his individual time trial ability as well as his excellent climbing ability . He served as a super-domestique for Chris Froome in the 2013 Tour de France.
Porte started cycling in 2006 when he was 21 years of age. He comes from a triathlon background, having competed in the sport since 2003. 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.
2010–2011: Team Saxo Bank
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. He 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.
The 2011 season brought less individual success for him, although he was expected to be a key domestique for Alberto Contador in his overall victory in the Giro d'Italia, and less successful Tour de France, Porte underperformed in this role (Contador was later stripped of his Giro win). In August he won stage five of the Danmark Rundt.
2012: Move to Team Sky
Porte joined Team Sky ahead of the 2012 season. In January 2012, he competed in his national championships in Buninyong and Learmonth, where he finished third in the road race, and placed fifth in the time trial several days later. 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. He held the lead until the end of the race, eventually finishing 37 seconds clear of defending race winner, Tony Martin. 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
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.
Porte's good form continued into the Critérium International, winning the second stage's time trial. 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.
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 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. However, in the following stage Porte cracked following numerous early attacks by Movistar Team, Garmin-Sharp and Team 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. On stage 15, Porte again provided the launch pad for Froome's victory on Mont Ventoux. 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. Froome went on to comfortably win the Tour by four minutes, 20 seconds over Quintana with Porte finishing 19th overall.
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 penultimate fifth stage, finishing on Old Willunga Hill, and finished fourth in the general classification on the final stage.
- 1st Overall Tour of Bright
- 1st Stages 1 & 2
- 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
- 1st GP Citta di Felino
- 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
- 4th Overall Tour of Britain
- 4th Overall Eneco Tour
- 4th World Time Trial Championships
- 7th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Young rider classification
- Held Jersey held from Stage 11–13
- 10th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 1st Stage 3 (ITT)
- 10th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 1st Stage 4 (ITT) Vuelta a Castilla y León[N 1]
- 1st Stage 5 (ITT) Post Danmark Rundt
- 6th World Time Trial Championships
- 1st Overall Volta ao Algarve
- 1st Stage 3
- 3rd National Road Race Championships
- 4th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 4th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
- 9th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 1st Overall Paris–Nice
- 1st Stages 5 & 7 (ITT)
- 2nd Overall Critérium International
- 2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Stage 5
- 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 3rd Team time trial, Road World Championships
- 8th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 3rd National Road Race Championships
- 4th Overall Tour Down Under
- 1st Stage 5
Grand Tours overall classification results timeline
WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP
Other major stage races
|Volta a Catalunya||–||–||DNF||–||DNF|
|Tour of the Basque Country||–||127||–||2|
|Tour de Romandie||10||121||4||8|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||–||–||9||2|
|Tour de Suisse||–||–||–||–|
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