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Video: Porte looks ahead to Giro d'Italia

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Cycling News
Published:
November 29, 2013, 15:10,
Updated:
November 29, 2013, 15:09
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 29, 2013
Race:
Giro d'Italia
Richie Porte (Sky) satisfied with the team's work

Richie Porte (Sky) satisfied with the team's work

  • Richie Porte (Sky) satisfied with the team's work
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Sky rider on off-season and 2014 plans

After performing his duties with aplomb on behalf of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome at successive Tours de France, Richie Porte has earned the leadership of the Sky team for the 2014 Giro d’Italia.

Porte’s first brush with the corsa rosa came in 2010, when he had a spell in the pink jersey, finished 7th overall and carried off the white jersey of best young rider. He returned as a rather deluxe domestique for Alberto Contador the following year, but in 2014, his ambitions will be somewhat loftier.

“It’s hard to say you can win it, but to be honest, I didn’t think I could win Paris-Nice either,” Porte told Cyclingnews in a video interview. “It’s going to be hard, I’ve had a little bit of a look at the course.”

The mighty Zoncolan features on the penultimate day of the Giro and Porte is all too aware of the fickle nature of the fearsome pass in the Friuli from his previous outings in 2010 and 2011. The Australian also has some prior knowledge of the Irish start, albeit largely off the bike.

“I think it’s going to be quite interesting to start there, quite a nervous start to the race,” said Porte, who is also pencilled in to ride the Tour de France in support of Chris Froome.

Porte brought the curtain down on 2013 at the Saitama Criterium in Japan in late October, and after a spell at home in Tasmania, he returns to Europe next week for Sky’s first training camp of the new campaign in Mallorca.

At that first gathering of the Sky team, Porte will nail down his build-up to the Giro, and he admitted that if it were entirely up to him, he would kick off his campaign on home roads in January, where Cadel Evans (BMC) is already among the confirmed starters.

“I’d love to start at the Tour Down Under, I haven’t done that race since 2011 and that’s a big goal being Australian,” he said. “I’d like to do well there. Cadel’s there and it would be good to go and challenge yourself against him.”

 

ttta asa 12 months ago
The Giro this year will be a big show and i honestly can't pick the winner. Porte, Quintana, D Martin, Rodriguez so much quality
Cance > TheRest 12 months ago
I dont think D Martin deserves a spot amont those top favourites you mention. I believe he can do top 10, if lucky top 5, but he is no way among Rodriguez, Quintana or Porte when it comes being the biggest favourite of the race. Evans should have better chances of making top 5
PJK1972 12 months ago
Quintana all the way to be honest. Purito 2nd, Porte 3rd. Martin will win a stage and get in the top 6.
ttta asa 12 months ago
Martin will o a big ride, a lot of people seem to understimate his gc abilities
hawkhead 12 months ago
martin will be lucky to make top 10 he's good but not great Port will win easily Quintana flash in the pan
Tony M 12 months ago
Quintana "a flash in the pan ".WOW ;That one is going to jump up and bite you on the arze !!
hawkhead 12 months ago
one good result does not make a cyclist he's in a time were froome could rule for the next 5 years quintana is always going to lose time against the clock and grand tours will never not have a chrono so he'll never win on look at j rod
bike_boy 12 months ago
@hawkhead to finish so high up in the requires more than one good result, they race 20 or so times during the tour brah. Not to mention other results in the leadup. Do you even ride?
hawkhead 12 months ago
yes i do ride and raced at elite level and what i would say is don't put to much pressure on a very young rider who had a good brake out season he 's got so much to live up to now .i would say did you see him in the T O B was always on the attack on the hilly stages then losing out to really young riders exciting it maybe but it never worked and if it had he lost time on a 10 mile time trial wait until its longer he's always going to lose to much time
TANK91 11 months ago
You don know Cycling my friend use tis for an example 2010 TDF had a huge ITT, how close was ot between Contador and Schleck, and Quintana will always have that dood ITT in him i need be, you seriously are deluded cant believe i responded, Flash in the pan? Give me a break we have known for 3 years this guy is something else, talent shines through young and Quintana was always destined for stardom i want Froome to win but how about let facts get in the way, this young Colombian climbed better in the 3rd week(Which means he as great recovery) than Froome. Quintana may not win the TDF for a while but he is too good to not win a GT he is too elite uphill. I think you only watch the TDF dont you?
TANK91 11 months ago
Also he is nothing like Jrod, Jrod is a hilly rider who as got better gradually on climbs he cant attack from far. Quintana is a pure mountain goat he would never win a hilly clssic i doubt(unless breakaway) but on long alt climbs he is on another level. It feels to me we are going to see Quintana like Contador was from 07-2011 without the doping i think Quintana will be just like that dancing on the pedals.
deboat 12 months ago
Aussie ,,, one , two Giro
rocket man 12 months ago
Porte is an Aussie till he wins, then he's Tassie all the way. I hope they both have a good Giro.
Raoul Duke 12 months ago
I can't call it, I think it depends who has form. I assume all the GC contenders teams are up to the job.
DaleUK 12 months ago
I would love to see Porte win, a real gentlemen who always seems to have rime for the fans, one of the good guys in pro cycling.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Quintana "a flash in the pan LOL That guy will dominate cycling and he will start this year. The dude was 2nd in his first debut at the TdF, 23 years of age. Was the best climber along with Froome. Yes Froome is a superiores TTer but Quintana will keep improving in the mountain and he has age on his side
Dan Vella 11 months ago
I think the 14 Giro could be one of the best GTs for a while. This is a big year for Porte, hope he delivers.
azureskies 11 months ago
Ritchi Porte,#1. Awesome athlete.