Porte at the 2010 Tour de Romandie
|Full name||Richard Julian Porte|
30 January 1985 |
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (140 lb; 9.8 st)|
|Current team||Team Sky|
|2009||Bedogni Grassi Natalini|
Team Saxo Bank
|Infobox last updated on
6 October 2013
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.
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.
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 the main domestique for Alberto Contador in his overall victory in the 2011 Giro d'Italia, and less successful Tour de France (Contador was later stripped of his Giro win). In August he won stage 5 of the Post Danmark Rundt (Tour of Denmark 2011).
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 individual time trial several days later. In February 2012, Porte took the lead of the 2012 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 2012 Vuelta a España in support of Chris Froome, and took second place on stage 20.
In the absence of Wiggins and Froome, Porte was selected to lead Team Sky at the 2013 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 2013 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 2013 Tour of the Basque Country. Porte powered away in the final kilometres of stage 5 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 8th 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 4, 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 7, although he only mangaged to take 1 second out of the other contenders. On the concluding Stage 8, Froome and Porte rode clear of their rivals on the final climb, with only Andrew Talansky able to follow, to secure a 1–2 finish in the overall standings.
- 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
- 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
Grand Tours overall classification results timeline
WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP
Other major stage races
|Tour of the Basque Country||–||127||–||2|
|Volta a Agave||–||–||1||–|
|Tour de Romandie||10||121||4||8|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||–||–||9||2|
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