Porte: This Giro d‘Italia is a big opportunity

Richie Porte had a difficult 2014, with illness affecting every race he targeted during his European season. He was eventually diagnosed with mild pneumonia in August and forced to let his body recover but his season was a write-off. 2015 has been totally different. The Tasmanian has won nine races, including Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya, and topped the UCI WorldTour rankings until Alejandro Valverde won Liège-Bastogne-Liège. At the end of April he dominated the Giro del Trentino, confirming he is a favourite for the Giro d'Italia.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.