Richie Porte: Hard days to come but Giro d'Italia leader Carapaz 'wants this'

UNSPECIFIED, ITALY - MAY 25: <<enter caption here>> during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022, Stage X a X km stage from X to X / #Giro / #WorldTour / on May 25, 2022 in UNSPECIFIED, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) leading teammate Richard Carapaz, wearing the maglia rosa, on stage 17 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The contortions on Richie Porte’s face that finally settled into a grimace during the final climb on stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia were a clear indication of just how deep the Australian is digging in his last Grand Tour to help Ineos Grenadiers leader Richard Carapaz walk away with the maglia rosa. 

“That’s my role,” Porte said matter of factly, after a comment from the assembled media on how much he gave as the last man standing for Carapaz on the stage to Lavarone.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.