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Nationality: Australian

Age: 31 (30/01/85)

Height: 1.72m

Weight: 62kg

Pro Since: 2010

Team: BMC Racing

Based: Monaco

 

Richard “Richie” Porte was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1985. Growing up he excelled as a triathlete before switching his attention to cycling at the age of 21. Following two successful seasons racing at amateur level in Europe, Richie signed as a professional with Team Saxo-Bank in 2010.

He made an incredible start to his pro career notching up his first win in the Time Trial stage at the Tour of Romandie in April 2010. This amongst other strong performances gained him selection for the 2010 Giro d’Italia. In what was his first Grand Tour start, Richie won the Best Young Rider accolade and secured 7th position in the overall classification. Remarkably he led the general classification from stages 11-13, experiencing 3 days in the prestigious “Maglia Rosa” race leaders jersey.

In October 2010, Richie narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the Elite Men’s Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships, held in the Australian city of Geelong. His performance yet another indication that he was a rider with a bright future in the sport. Although 2011 brought less individual success for Richie, he still featured prominently in a number of stages in the Giro, Paris-Nice and Tour of Romandie races. He also won stage 5 at the Tour of Denmark.

In 2012, Richie signed for Team Sky and was a key member of the team that assisted Sir Bradley Wiggins in his victory at the Tour de France. In 2013, Richie enjoyed the best season of his career to date. He received many plaudits for the central support role he played in teammate Chris Froome's victory at the Tour de France. However his season highlight came in early Spring when Richie was given the opportunity to lead the team at Paris-Nice stage race. He delivered in fine style winning the prestigious 8 day event. He followed this up with two more second place finishes at the Tour of Basque and the Critérium du Dauphiné, where he rode again as a domestique and helped Froome to another overall victory.

Richie's main focus at the beginning of the 2014 season was to lead Team Sky at the Giro d'Italia. His early preparation had gone smoothly with a stage victory at the Tour Down Under followed by a strong showing at the Vuelta a Andalucia. Unfortunately disaster struck in March when he contracted a chest infection which he struggled to shake off in the build up to the Giro and he was forced to miss the race. Richie returned to the saddle in the build up to the Tour de France and proved his fitness to earn selection for Team Sky's tour squad. Although his was selected for "Super Domestique" duty, Richie became the team's protected rider in the first week when Chris Froome was forced to retire due to injury. However it wasn't long before Richie's early season illness resurfaced and he paid the price on the tougher mountainous stages during the third week of racing. After the Tour it was decided that Richie would sit out the rest of the year and instead focus on getting himself back to full health for the 2015 season.

Richie made a scintillating start to his 2015 season with a victory in the National TT and a runner-up spot at the Tour Down Under. He continued his fine form into Spring with overall victories at Paris-Nice and Giro del Trentino respectively, before leading Team Sky at the Giro d'Italia. However he was forced to retire from the race in the latter stages after a couple of unfortunate crashes. Thankfully Richie had recovered by July and he played another key role in Chris Froome's second Tour de France success. In August, it was announced that Richie would be joining BMC Racing in 2016.

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2016

  • 2nd Australian National Championship, Road, ITT, Elite
  • 1st Tour Down Under: Stage 5
  • 2nd Tour Down Under: Overall GC

2015

  • 1st Australian National Championship, Road, ITT, Elite
  • 7th Tour Down Under: Stage 2
  • 6th Tour Down Under: Stage 3
  • 1st Tour Down Under: Stage 5
  • 2nd Tour Down Under: Overall GC
  • 1st Volta ao Algarve: Stage 4
  • 4th Volta ao Algarve: Overall GC
  • 1st Paris-Nice: Stages 4 & 7
  • 1st Paris-Nice: Overall GC
  • 2nd Volta a Catalunya: Stage 4
  • 4th Volta a Catalunya: Stage 5
  • 1st Volta a Catalunya: Overall GC
  • 1st Giro del Trentino: Stage 2
  • 3rd Giro del Trentino: Stage 3
  • 1st Giro del Trentino: Overall GC
  • 10th Giro d'Italia: Stage 4
  • 5th Giro d'Italia: Stage 5
  • 6th Giro d'Italia: Stage 8
  • 2nd Tour de France: Stage 10
  • 7th Tour de France: Stage 20
  • 45th Tour de France: Overall GC

2014

  • 3rd Australian National Championship, Road, Elite
  • 6th Tour Down Under: Stage 2
  • 11th Tour Down Under: Stage 3
  • 1st Tour Down Under: Stage 5
  • 4th Tour Down Under: Overall GC
  • 7th Vuelta a Andalucia: Prologue
  • 4th Vuelta a Andalucia: Stage 1
  • 5th Vuelta a Andalucia: Stage 2
  • 2nd Vuelta a Andalucia: Overall GC
  • 5th Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage 4
  • 22nd Criterium du Dauphine: Overall GC
  • 4th Tour de France: Stage 8
  • 7th Tour de France: Stage 10
  • 23rd Tour de France: Overall GC

2013

  • 1st Paris-Nice: Stages 5 & 7
  • 1st Paris-Nice: Overall GC
  • 1st Critérium International: Stage 2
  • 2nd Critérium International: Overall GC
  • 1st Tour of the Basque Country: Stage 5
  • 2nd Tour of the Basque Country: Overall GC
  • 3rd Critérium du Dauphiné: Stage 7
  • 4th Critérium du Dauphiné: Stages 1 & 8
  • 2nd Critérium du Dauphiné: Overall GC
  • 4th Australian National Championship, Road, ITT, Elite.
  • 8th Tour de Romandie: Overall GC
  • 3rd Tour de France: Stage 4
  • 2nd Tour de France: Stage 8
  • 4th Tour de France: Stage 11
  • 6th Tour de France: Stage 18
  • 5th Tour de France: Stage 20
  • 19th Tour de France: Overall GC
  • 3rd World Championship, Road, TTT, Elite
  • 17th World Championship, Road, ITT, Elite
 

2012

  • 1st Volta ao Algarve: Stage 3
  • 1st Volta ao Algarve: Overall GC
  • 2nd Vuelta a Espana: Stage 20
  • 3rd Australian National Championship, Road, Elite
  • 4th Tour de Romandie: Overall GC

2011

  • 2nd Vuelta a Castilla y Leon: Stage 4
  • 2nd Tour of Romandie: Stage 4
  • 3rd Paris-Nice: Stage 6
  • 4th Giro d'Italia: Stage 20
  • 5th Tour de France: Stage 21
  • 8th Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco

2010

  • 1st Tour de Romandie: Stage 3
  • 4th Tour of Britain: Overall GC
  • 4th Eneco Tour: Overall GC
  • 4th UCI Road World Championships Time Trial
  • 7th Giro d'Italia: Overall GC (1st Young Rider Classification)
  • 10th Clásica de San Sebastián

2009

  • 1st Giro del Friuli-Venezia-Giulia: Stage 2
  • 1st Baby Giro d'Italia: Stage 4
  • 1st GP Citta di Felino
  • 3rd National Championships Individual Time Trial
  • 3rd Coppa della Pace

2008

  • 1st Tour of Wellington: Stage 2
  • 1st Tour de Perth: Overall
  • 1st Tour of Tasmania: Overall

2007

  • 1st Tour of Bright: Overall

2006

  • 3rd Tour of the Murray River: Stage 11
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