Tribute to Team Ineos director Nico Portal being planned at Route d’Occitanie

during stage fourteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 191KM road stage from Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon, on July 13, 2013 in Lyon, France.
Nicolas Portal (Image credit: Getty Images)

The race organisation at the Route d’Occitanie is planning to pay tribute to Team Ineos DS Nico Portal prior to one of the final stages at the four-day race that got under way today [Saturday]. Portal, who died in early March, came from the department of Gers, which will host a good part of the final stage, and often trained on the roads that will feature on the key mountain stage to the Col de Beyrède on Monday.

Ineos team boss Dave Brailsford told Cyclingnews that the race organisation have been liaising with Portal’s family. 

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).