Richie Porte

>>>Richie Porte results and rider profile

Nationality: Australian
Date of birth: January 30, 1985
Height: 172cm
Weight: 63kg
Team: Team Sky
Twitter: @richie_porte

Richie Porte has been handed the biggest opportunity of his career after Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France. The Tasmanian is now the leader of Team Sky at the Tour, and looking good after a solid ride on the cobbles and through the Vosges.

Aside from one bad day in the Pyrenees at last year’s Tour, Porte was one of the strongest riders in the race. This year’s his build up has been frought with illness, injury and difficulty, yet he is still expected to be Chris Froome’s last man in the mountains.

Porte was supposed to lead Sky at the Giro d’Italia this May, but having pulled out of several preparatory races he had to skip the Giro and focus on the Tour. His support is simply too important to put at risk.

Major results: 2013 Paris Nice

Richie Porte on stage eight of the 2014 Tour de France

Richie Porte moves up to third in Tour de France

Sky’s Richie Porte followed most of the attacks launched by his rivals in the rain-soaked Tour de France stage today to La Mauselaine and jumped from seventh to third overall.…