Richie Porte 'in good shape' for more Tour Down Under success

Richie Porte wins again on Willunga Hill in 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Richie Porte believes he’s on track for a seventh straight victory on Willunga Hill and a second overall title at the Tour Down Under, where he’ll lead the line for Trek-Segafredo alongside world champion Mads Pedersen.

The Tasmanian has started his past six seasons at the Tour Down Under and, while he has won the key climbing stage in each of those years, he has only won the race outright once, in 2017, with time bonuses in sprint finishes often decisive. Porte placed fourth overall in 2014, and runner-up in the other years. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) beat Porte by 13 seconds in 2019.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.