Richie Porte has re-signed with Team Sky, ending any speculation that the Tasmanian could have changed teams at the end of the season. Cyclingnews understands Porte has signed a two-year contract.
“I'm really happy at Team Sky and this was always the best scenario for me. I've had a great two years with the team and I feel at home here,” Porte said in a statement released by the team.
Cyclingnews understands that GreenEDGE, BMC and Omega Pharma QuickStep had shown varying degrees of interest in the 28-year-old.
“There was interest from other teams but Team Sky are the best in the world, with the best staff and riders. Guys like Tim Kerrison have helped me become a better rider and I know I can improve further working with the performance team we have here.”
“With this new contract comes an added responsibility, and while I'm more than happy to help guys like Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the future, I'd love to lead the squad in a Grand Tour next season.”
Porte has enjoyed a strong start to the 2013 season winning two stages and the overall in a dominant performance at Paris-Nice in March. He also finished second in Pais Vasco and the Criterium Interational.
“Richie has been a key part this team’s stage race success since he arrived here and this new contract is a statement of intent for both him and the team,” said Team Sky’s manager Dave Brailsford.
“Every time he has taken on a leadership role he has excelled. We saw at Paris-Nice exactly what Richie is capable of and there is no doubt that there is a lot more to come from him."
“If he maintains his current trajectory there is no reason why he can’t go in to a Grand Tour and challenge for victory."