Robert Millar blog: The making of Richie Porte

There was a time just after Richie Porte left Team Sky when it looked like the Australian was struggling with the responsibility and had jumped out of the fat and into the fire. The adaptation from being the trusted lieutenant to team leader has been a long project, maybe more difficult than BMC Racing initially thought it was going to be, but Porte’s form this season and his dominance at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné has shown that now he's arrived at the physical level needed to be a proper favourite for the Tour de France in July.

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Robert Millar was one of the last pure climbers of the Tour de France, winning several stages in the mountain stages and finishing fourth overall in 1984. He is also the only English speaker to have ever won the prestigious polka-dot jersey climber's competition jersey.

Millar retired in 1995 but has continued to follow the sport closely. He was often critical of the media and quickly cuts through the excuses and spin to understand why and how riders win and lose.