A tour of Richie Porte's Team Sky issue Pinarello Dogma F8 machine at the Tour Down Under. Photos by Graham Watson

Team Sky’s Tour Down Under leader Richie Porte is riding one of the team’s standard Pinarello Dogma F8 bikes during the opening WorldTour race of the 2015 season – which is where we caught up with him to take these shots.

Porte’s machine uses Sky’s standard build for its road race machines: a black Dogma F8 frame adorned with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, Dura-Ace wheels and Pro finishing kit.

Porte’s compact-looking bike is a necessity to accommodate his 5 foot 8 inch stature, and the front end is very low, with no spacers between the top of headtube and the stem.

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Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

Richie Porte’s Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

Black Fizik Aliante saddle

Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

Low and tidy front end, with no spacers between the headtube and stem

Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

Shimano Di2 cabling neatly tucked away, and the Garmin Edge GPS computer mounted on a bracket forward of the bars

Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

Neat frame junction with hidden clamp for the carbon seatpost

Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

Sky’s use of Shimano Dura-Ace extends to the wheels. The race transponder is mounted on the fork leg

Richie Porte's Team Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

The gears may be electronic, but the brakes are still mechanical

Richie Porte at the 2015 Peoples Choice Classic in Adelaide

Richie Porte at the 2015 People’s Choice Classic in Adelaide