Porte: 'It’s obvious that Astana smell a bit of blood' at the Giro d'Italia

On emerging from doping control atop Campitello Matese after stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia, Richie Porte brushed off the entreaties of waiting journalists – leaving one irate camera crew to turn the crisp mountain air a particularly dark shade of blue – and made his way briskly to his team bus parked further down the mountain.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.