Porte wins Australian Cyclist of the Year award

LA PLANCHE FRANCE SEPTEMBER 19 Richie Porte of Australia and Team Trek Segafredo during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 20 a 362km Individual Time Trial stage from Lure to La Planche Des Belles Filles 1035m ITT TDF2020 LeTour on September 19 2020 in La Planche France Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Richie Porte during the stage 20 time trial at the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Richie Porte has been named the AusCycling Cyclist of the Year for 2020 with the Tasmanian awarded the Sir Hubert Opperman Medal after becoming just the second  rider from the nation to finish on the Tour de France podium.

It is the first time the 36-year-old rider has received Australia's top cycling award, which is known as the ‘Oppy’, but it is no surprise that he took the honours as the accolades have continued to flow for the first Australian to stand on the podium since Cadel Evans won in 2011. Porte, who returned to Ineos Grenadiers this year, recently received the Cycling Tasmania inaugural International Medal and the key to the city of Launceston, but this latest recognition of his achievement is one that has long been on the radar.

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