Richie Porte

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

Porte began racing in 2006 after quitting triathlon and quickly progressed as one of the professional peloton’s most gifted riders. A ninth place finish in the 2008 Tour Down Under signalled his emergence in the sport, and preceded a move to Australian team Praties.

Porte’s sudden rise up the general classifications and against the clock earned him his first professional contract with Team Saxo-Bank for the 2010 and 2011 season. Porte quickly made an impression, winning the Tour de Romandie TT.

The 2010 Giro d’Italia was Porte’s first experience at a Grand Tour, taking the race lead for three successive stages from stage eleven. Porte’s eventual seventh place on the GC won him the young rider’s classification.

2011 did not replicate the GC heights of the previous year, instead his season’s highs confined to races against the clock. Selected once more for the Giro, Porte disappointed with an 81st placed finish overall. Porte made his Tour de France debut in 2011 and came fifth in the Tour’s only TT.

Team Sky signed Porte for 2012 and his results improved, winning the Volta ao Algarve courtesy of a victory on stage three and third place in the final day’s TT.

At the Tour de Romandie he placed fourth overall in support of Bradley Wiggins. As a domestique to Wiggins in his successful quest to win the 2012 Tour, Porte was widely praised for his efforts.

In the spring of 2013, Porte won Paris-Nice – his biggest victory to date. At the ensuing Criterium International, Porte won the TT and came second on the race’s third and final day in Corscia to earn a Team Sky one-two behind Froome.

At the Tour, Porte worked tirelessly to help Froome claim overall honours, Froome repeatedly pointing to Porte’s efforts in leading him up the mountains as key to his victory.

Illness took its toll on Porte’s performance in 2014. When Porte took over Sky team leadership at the Tour de France after Froome crashed out, he failed to replicate his performance from the previous year. In stark contrast, Porte started 2015 strongly, winning key stages of the Tour Down Under and Volta ao Algarve before two stage wins and the overall in Paris-Nice.

>>> Richie Porte results and rider profile

Major results: 2015 Paris-Nice | 2013 Paris Nice

Giro d'Italia - Stage 10

Porte the underdog promises to fight back

Richie Porte stepped out of Team Sky’s bus this morning with a wide grin on his face. If he was still angry from yesterday’s time losses, and what that did…