Rio now Porte’s focus

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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AFTER missing out on a2016 Tour de France podium finish, Launceston cyclist Richie Porte has quickly switched his attention to August’s Olympic Games in Rio.
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OLYMPICS ON HIS MIND: Launceston’s Richie Porte has turned his attention towards the Olympics. Picture: Getty Images.

The BMC Team leader secured fifth place on General Classification–his best result –heading into the tour’s 21stand final ceremoniousstage on Monday morning.

Porte was the 22ndrider across the line after146.5-kilometres fromMegève to Morzine during stage 20.

Throughout his maidenattempt as a team leader, he battled aurinary tract infection, had a hat thrown at himand lostone minute and 45 secondsfrom a tyre puncture during stage 2.

The 31-year-oldsaid despite some adversity he would head into next year’s Tour with confidence knowing he can lead a team, both physically and mentally.

“It’s a great result but it’s a bit bittersweet to just throw away time like I have done on a few days,” Porte said.

“It does give me confidence for next year.

“A few times there I had a bit of bad luck, but it’s exciting for next year.

“I’ll hopefully come back and give it another crack and see what I can do.

“I move on and now I’ve got the Olympics to look forward to so hopefully I’ll take some good form out of this race and have a good go there.”

On his Olympic debut in Brazil,Porte will compete in the road race onAugust 6and the time trialfour days later.

Porte wrote in his daily tour diaryon ESPN’s website that the Olympics werea “big carrot” forhim.

“Normally tomorrow (today) I would go to a big party,” he said.

“But with the Games on, I’ll go home to Monaco on Monday (Tuesday) for four days, recover, then race the Clásica San Sebastian in Spain on Saturday before bottling my form to race in Rio.”

Porte will be one of 10 Tasmanians at the Olympics.

Joining him will befellow cyclists Amy Cure and Georgia Baker, rower Kerry Hore, hockey duo Eddie Ockenden and Tim Deavin, mountainbikerScott Bowden and javelin-throwerHamish Peacock.

Tasmanian-born duo Chris Goulding (basketball) andMilly Clark (marathon) will also be at the Games.

The Olympics begin next month.

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