Richie Porte: One last performance as a Tour de France leader

Trek-Segafredo’s Richie Porte descends during stage 5 of the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné
Trek-Segafredo’s Richie Porte descends during stage 5 of the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné – his last race before a final tilt as a GC leader at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Just nine more stages. That's all that remains of Richie Porte's career as a Grand Tour leader before the Australian, who is set to leave Trek-Segafredo at the end of the year, switches to a team where he will resample the delights of a super domestique.

In the 11 years since the 35-year-old turned professional, the rider from Launceston, in Tasmania, has played many characters upon the WorldTour stage: from plucky up-and-comer to the faithful cameo of the right-hand man. He's even bridged out from his comfort zone and taken leading roles, but as the spotlight shifts to a new wave of performers Porte has one final chance to draw out one more show as a GC leader before the curtain comes down on this phase of his career.

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