Porte dreams of going full circle with Giro d’Italia ride in final season

Austrian Richie Porte of Ineos Grenadiers celebrates on the podium in the yellow jersey of leader in the overall ranking after the seventh stage of the 73rd edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race 1715 Km from SaintMartinLeVinoux to La Plagne France Saturday 05 June 2021 BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
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Richie Porte might be set on hanging up his wheels at the end of 2022 but the veteran rider still has some major ambitions as he embarks on his final campaign in the WorldTour.

The 36-year-old will kick off his season at the Santos Festival of Cycling before returning to Europe where he will link up with his Ineos Grenadiers teammates. His final race programme for 2022 remains unclear but after adding the Criterium du Dauphine to his palmares this year, the Australian is hoping to clinch a Tirreno-Adriactico win to his burgeoning collection of week-long stage race victories.

The third-placed finisher in the 2020 Tour de France is one of the most successful riders in the last decade when it comes to shorter format stage races with a Dauphine title, two editions each of Paris-Nice and the Tour Down Under, the Tour de Romandie, Volta a Catalunya and a Tour de Suisse victory to his name.

Assuming he races Tirreno-Adriatico in March, the experienced all-rounder would then build-up towards the Giro d’Italia. 

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