Exclusive shots of the motorhome Team Sky's Richie Porte is sleeping in as he takes on the 2015 Giro d'Italia. Photos by Graham Watson

Richie Porte and Team Sky have allowed cameras into the motorhome that the Australian is using as his base during his assault on the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

Team Sky leader Porte is sleeping in a motorhome – a recreational vehicle (RV) – for the duration of the race, with the vehicle parked up in the car park of the team’s hotel. The idea is that Porte will be relieved of the stress of having to sleep in a different hotel every night, and avoid picking up illnesses. Porte joins the rest of the team at every other time, including meals.

“It’s like a sanctuary, it’s such a big thing to be in the same bed, in the same environment every morning,” said Porte. “I’ve been sleeping really well.”

Other teams have said they will not be replicating the idea due to the expense and inconvenience, but Porte thinks that may change with time. Sky’s ‘marginal gains’ attention to small details during big events has netted criticism from other teams in the past, only for those teams to adopt the same principles shortly afterwards.

“Probably in a few years time, everyone will have RVs,” said Porte.

The British WorldTour squad will assess the benefits of using a motorhome for its team leader ahead of the Tour de France, where the experiment may be repeated for Chris Froome.

Porte is using a Fleetwood Excursion motorhome registered in Britain. The model is around eight years old, and retails for around £130,000 in the UK – some way short of the £1million that some have reported.

Porte is currently third overall at the Giro d’Italia as the race reaches it first rest day. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) leads the race 22 seconds ahead of Porte, with Fabio Aru (Astana) in second place, three seconds behind Contador.

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The mobile home of Richie Porte at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

Richie Porte in his RV: One side of the vehicle includes a table and seating area for work for eating

The mobile home of Richie Porte at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

The double bedroom has plenty of cupboard space and provides familiar surroundings for each day of the race

The mobile home of Richie Porte at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

Large TV above the driver and passenger seats, which can be swivelled around

The mobile home of Richie Porte at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

The motorhome is kitted out to a high standard, similar to a hotel suite

The mobile home of Richie Porte at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

The bathroom features a large shower

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The mobile home of Richie Porte at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

Porte relaxing on the leather sofa, just behind you can see a small kitchen area

The mobile home of Richie Porte at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

Porte’s motorhome is a Fleetwood Excursion model and has extendable sections to increase the living area inside

The mobile home of Richie Porte at the 2015 Giro d'Italia

The motorhome, made around 2007, is registered in Britain

 

  • Nigel Rue

    It makes perfect sense to do it. How many people like changing hotels all the time? No TdF rider stays in a hotel for “pleasure”, they do it because it’s part of their job. Time will tell which one of us is right.

  • MMAster

    You obviously have never travelled in an “A” class motorhome…no fun to drive…but 1st class inside

  • reece46

    Accept the local ‘hospitality’ or they will make you pay Richie (2 minutes should do it).

  • orbifold

    “We were the first ones to say we were the first ones. Now everyone is doing it too!”

  • RIchard

    Its always the same at first everyone laughts at team sky, later they’re all doing the same…

  • orbifold

    I know what you mean 🙂 But I just came back from a trip to France and found IBIS to be surprisingly comfy. And I doubt Porte would be sleeping in a 4m2 room

  • John Westwell

    Have you ever shared a twin room in a budget French hotel?

  • orbifold

    No, they won’t. Or maybe just for saving costs but certainly not for pleasure or any kind of “marginal gains”.

  • orbifold

    claustrophobia

  • Nigel Rue

    They will! By the TdF there will be a handful of motor homes. Give it a couple of years and they will be setting up paddocks for them all. Fleetwood’s and the like for the stars, Talbot Express’s for the domestic’s.

  • mattsnow81 .

    Looks comfy, as they said, it is probably a big advantage and the other teams should do the same.